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July 4, 2010, Howlock Mtn, Southern Oregon
« on: 07/07/10, 01:20 PM »

Brenda and I took our annual 4th of July pilgrimage to visit my folks in Roseburg, which always inclues the obligatory ski around the Mt Thielsen area. This time of year we like to access the snow from the Tipsoo Pk trailhead at the end of Cinnamon Butte road at around 6400í. Itís a short hike through the nicely spaced mtn hemlock to the snow, then a short skin up to the open meadows in the saddle between Tipsoo Pk and Howlock Mtn. This is the high pt of the PCT in Oregon at 7600í, and Iíve been messing around up here since I was a teenager. Typically itís a race against the hoards of mosquitoes until we gain the breeze of the open alpine. In the many years weíve been spending the 4th in this area last year was the worst for snow. We mostly hiked around with our skis on our backs. This year was by far the best.

The first indication that it would be a good day was getting the car stuck in a snow patch about a mile before the TH. Thereís never snow at this elevation in July. We dug and spun the tires for a while, but soon left the car stuck until we returned. A short hike up the road and we were skinning. Unbelievable. Skinning at 6400í, and no mosquitoes once we hit the snow. We headed for the Howlock Mtn ridge south of Tipsoo Pk to ski the bowls on the east side of the crest. Thereís some nice terrain back there that few people visit, and this year it was filled in so well. Views to the south as far as Shasta and north past the Sisters. Mt Bailey has more snow than Iíve ever seen this time of year.

After a few runs we skied out on continuous snow mostly downhill to the trailhead. The skiing through the forest had never been this easy, as weíre usually screwing around trying to connect patches most of the way down. The snow at the car had melted and softened enough by then that we were out in a few minutes. Yesterday I got an e-mail from my mom sayin she had quite the scare that morning. Seems the sheriff had called looking for relatives of Mike and Brenda Metz. After a heart stopping second he explained that a deputy had noticed the car stuck in the snow, and wanted to check before he went back up to investigate. Not sure what a deputy would be doing driving to the end of that road. Weird.









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Re: July 4, 2010, Howlock Mtn, Southern Oregon
« Reply #1 on: 07/07/10, 02:49 PM »

Wow that looks like a great little find...if you don't mind, could you supply some additional access info..coming from highway 97..

Did Mcgloughlin July 2 and had great snow and no mosquitos (unheard of on the second one...)!

Thanks for the report and pictures..
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Re: July 4, 2010, Howlock Mtn, Southern Oregon
« Reply #2 on: 07/07/10, 03:17 PM »

take highway 138 towards Roseburg. Cinnamon Butte Rd is the first right west of Diamond Lake. Rd 4793. Continue to the end to Tipsoo Pk trail 1472. Very easy access. If I lived down there I'd try to get there in early to mid June depending on the meltout of the road. Take a bow saw. Seems like every year there's a lodge pole across the road. I think a nice traverse could be made between Tipsoo Pk and Mt Thielsen. One of these days.
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Re: July 4, 2010, Howlock Mtn, Southern Oregon
« Reply #3 on: 07/07/10, 03:35 PM »

EXCELENT!!
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