Monday, May 27, 2013

Not Quite Mount Scott

West Boundary Road - east side access to Mount Scott
I had hoped I could summit Mount Scott (the highest peak in Crater Lake national park) on my way back from a Memorial Day road trip to eastern Washington. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, as the rainy season has apparently returned to the northwest.  It was quickly clear that I would not be summiting, but I did manage hike for some turns on the north aspect of the southeast ridge. It was a wet affair, but, as always, there's no such thing as a bad day on skis.



I was able to drive to 6,200 before the drifts stopped me 

Skiable... but not for long

This is as high as I go

A (not so) bad day on skis

2 comments:

Balu is back in Seattle said...

what do you think is the best access for skiing McLoughlin right now?

Oregonist said...

Until east Rim Drive opens (which could be soon-- might check with park HQ first), your best bet is from the East. From US 97, turn west on West Boundary Road. When you reach a T intersection, take a left and then an immediate right on NF 2308. Follow 2308 for several miles up to about 6100 feet, where it makes a hard turn to the right. Park there, and you probably have a mile or two of hiking before you hit skinable snow.

That said, if you can time your visit for right after east Rim Drive opens you get a much shorter approach from the parking area on the west side.

Hope that helps...