Circle Lake

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Leader: Chris Stockdale
Combo: 10 miles, 300 ft (Difficult)

With a forecast of highs in the middle 50's, the group opted to use snowshoes for the excursion to Circle Lake. And indeed the weather became so warm that people were wishing they had shorts and tee shirts. But the joy of being in full sunshine after days of freezing fog in the valley overcame any disappointment in the skiing conditions. We headed out the North Loop trail which soon gave us a great view of snow-covered Three Fingered Jack, and behind us Mt. Washington and North Sister towered into the brilliant blue sky. These views are hard to beat. Because of the warmth, the snow became heavy and very tiring to trudge through, so by the time we reached Circle Lake (about 3 miles in), we all agreed that it was a good turn around spot. We had a delightful lunch spot overlooking one end of the lake, soaking in the sunshine, before heading back to the cars and descending down into the chilly valley. Thanks to Lyndell Wilken and Jane Bartell for driving.

Members: Chris Stockdale, Charlie Van Deusen, Daphne James, Jane Bartell, Chris Shuraleff, Lyndell Wilken.

Heading back after lunch—photo by Chris Stockdale
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