Central Oregon Nordic Club members got a chance to see one of their favorite ski trails without the snow on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Smoke from wildfires throughout the state continues to interfere with planning for outdoor hikes in Central Oregon. So with an air-quality index reading of around 160 in Bend that is considered “unhealthy,” club members initially figured even the Deschutes River Trail looked undoable, says group leader Linda Frost.
Then Bill Martin produced a photo of clear skies at Mt. Bachelor, and Al Matson suggested a hike from the Nordic Center to Todd Lake by way of the water tower, Linda reports.
“Fifteen people had to borrow jackets, run home for boots, make do with no snacks and head up the mountain,” she reports. “We had a lovely five miles or so with minimal smoke. Finally, a day and a place we could hike!
“Everything looked different from what we see on that ski route, and interesting to see again.”
For instance, without snow, look how high the ski-trail markers are compared to Bill, who helped put up these signs in the spring (upper left photo).
(Photos by Jeanni Capell and Al Matson)