Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:28 am Posts: 108 Location: Portland, OR
Don't forget about Mt. Bailey right across Diamond Lake from Thielsen. There's a snowmobile road to the top, and Cat Ski Mt. Bailey runs a snowcat up there during the winter. Might be a fun, but $pendy option if you're road-tripping and the conditions are right. The skinning's good, too.
Bend's not much further away, tons to ride there.
Just work your way up the Cascades all the way to BC
Avalanche Bowl on Bailey. Finally rode down the middle of this with stable, low-snow conditions this November:
If you're planning to come up to Central OR, you should check out Tam McArthur Rim. It has a 6 mi sled access road that will take you into a remote area with some killer terrain to ride. They have a hut out there, but you can definitely find spots to camp around the lake. A couple buddies and I camped there after the Baker Splitfest last year. It's kind of overwhelming to wake up in the morning to decide where you wanna ride.
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am Posts: 579 Location: Oregon
Garfield and Applegate Peaks at Crater Lake are options w/o sled access - ski right from Park Headquarters. Mt Scott is also fun, especially in the Spring. Access from the eastside - snomo access this time of year for sure. If you go to Thielsen, let me know, that's one of the only volcanoes I haven't ridden, and it's on the list - about a 4 mile skin from the highway. Paulina Peak is another spot worth checking out that has good snowmo access and is a bit farther up 97, though I don't know how the snowpack is holding up yet there.
If you make it up to Bend, there's tons of options for sled accessed touring around South Sister and Broken Top. Just drive in on Cascade Lakes Drive, park at the summer trailhead, and skin. South Sister offers a 5000 foot descent. Bachelor has a base depth of 60 inches right now, and over 70 mid mountain.
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