CONC Skiers Pick Way Through Big Hemlocks

With fresh late-season snow in the Cascades, a CONC group hit the woods again on Sunday, April 15.

“We skied through big hemlocks up the northwest side of Tumalo to the area of Little Kwol Butte, then picked up Flagline trail for a return back to the Nordic Center via Flagline Access,” says group leader Susan Sullivan.

She reports lots of new snow lately but added there was a day of settling that firmed things up so that the trail breaking was easy.

“It was still a bit icy in the tree-drip area as we climbed, but the snowfall made conditions more reasonable by the time we started down,” Susan reports. “[The trip was] a bit over five miles total, with around 700 feet of elevation gain and loss. This is a route that can have fabulous views when the weather is clear — but [Sunday] wasn’t one of those days.”

The photo below and immediately to the right was not taken Sunday but earlier in the week; this gives skiers an idea of what the views are like on sunny days.

“Snowmobiles continue to use the Flagline trail as a snow-machine route, despite the obvious signs,” Susan reports. “It was disappointing as it made some stretches of the trail difficult to negotiate. We had fun nonetheless.”

Meanwhile, closer to town along the Deschutes River, a mid-morning hike led by Linda Frost had some walkers using umbrellas (very bottom, right photo).

“Five hikers made it from Slough Camp to Dillon Falls and back Sunday before the rain really started — just over four miles,” Linda reports. “April showers bring May flowers!”

(Photos by Susan Sullivan and Al Matson)

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