Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dutchman Peak Revisited

What a differences a month makes!  Summer arrived in Oregon ahead of schedule this year, and it's been in the 80s in the Rogue Valley for the last couple weeks. Knowing that the snow was rapidly disappearing in the Siskiyous, yesterday I rolled out of bed at 6 AM, grabbed the pup, and headed for the Siskiyou Crest for some late season turns on Dutchman Peak.

An hour later we parked at about 6,000 feet on Beaver Creek Road after being turned around by snow drifts

My first glimpse of the Dutchman Peak summit

Toilet with a view

The snow was bulletproof on the approach from the west

After about two miles, the summit was in striking distance

Second highest peak in Jackson County

Panorama from the summit, with Observation Peak at center and Shasta in the distance

Looking south towards Mount Shasta from the Siskiyou Crest

Sweet corn

I managed about 700 vertical feet of turns off the sun-softened east face

Panorama of Dutchman peak and its east bowl

Legless dog

After skinning back to the summit, I skied off the west face toward the car

The end of the line

Looking back toward Dutchman Peak from Beaver Creek Road

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