Rosary Lakes

Eugene, Oregon

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Religious overtones aside, this is a great hike that passes through some beautiful older forests on the saddle of Willamette Pass. You can tell you’re getting closer to Oregon’s east side here, because the forest is dotted with larger ponderosa pine, a sign of the drier climate on east side of the Cascades. Some trees in the forest here are truly massive; others have moss draped over their boughs like loose-fitting robes. In the winter, especially after a fresh snowfall, snow piles up on the wide branches of the older trees. You can do this route in less-than-perfect weather; because you’ll be insulated from wind and weather in the woods on the way up to the lake. What’s more, you don’t get the full effect of the crag known as “Pulpit Rock” until it’s shrouded in mist.
Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

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Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

Religious overtones aside, this is a great hike that passes through some beautiful older forests on the saddle of Willamette Pass. You can tell you’re getting closer to Oregon’s east side here, because the forest is dotted with larger ponderosa pine, a sign of the drier climate on east side of the Cascades.

Some trees in the forest here are truly massive; others have moss draped over their boughs like loose-fitting robes. In the winter, especially after a fresh snowfall, snow piles up on the wide branches of the older trees. You can do this route in less-than-perfect weather; because you’ll be insulated from wind and weather in the woods on the way up to the lake. What’s more, you don’t get the full effect of the crag known as “Pulpit Rock” until it’s shrouded in mist.

©  Shea Andersen/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: December through March
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,700 feet
Local Contacts: Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District
Local Maps: Imus Geographics, Willamette Pass Cross-Country Ski Trails; USGS Waldo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Rosary Lakes

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May 2018