Cone Peak

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Leader: Gordon Sayre
Xski: 6 miles, 1500 ft (Difficult)

Our trip came a week after the Cascades saw the return of snow and rain following six weeks or more of dry weather. Tombstone sno-park now had adequate snow and we began by walking half a mile east on Highway 20 to where the Iron Mtn. loop trail crosses the road. We followed a mystery party's tracks up through meadows and steep old growth forest to an open bench from which on a clear day one can see both Iron Mountain and Cone Peak. This was not a clear day, however, but a snowy, windy one, and we could just make out the summit of Cone Peak. All members of our party had climbing skins and all kept a fairly even pace on the climb. When we reached 200' vertical from the summit the wind really picked up, and although Joshua, Sam, Harold and John began to climb up in their boots to get to the summit, they soon turned back. I was afraid we might soon be in a white-out. Fortunately, the visibility remained at a quarter-mile or so, and we enjoyed the descent with some tele turns through the heavy new snow. A drainage between Iron Mt. and Cone Peak is a good descent route, although one has to thread between willows that are not covered by the modest snowpack. We returned to our vehicles at about 3 pm and drove back to Eugene via 126. The skiers were Gordon Sayre (leader) and Harold Thompson, Steve Goins, Catherine Nelson, Joshua Ladau, John Hartman and Sam Miller.

Members: Gordon Sayre, Sam Miller, John Hartman, Harold Thompson, Steven Goins. Nonmembers: Joshua Ladau, Catherine Nelson.

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