Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

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Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

Post by ssinfo503 » February 14th, 2017, 1:48 pm

10.5 miles, 2500' gained

Got to Maxwell SNO Park at 7:11am. There were 15 vehicles in the lot that apparently belonged to overnight campers.
Followed the trail with hard packed snow until Twin Lakes. Put on snowshoes after that.
The trail became more difficult to follow and eventually disappeared. Views from SW ridge were great.
Managed to the top around 11:30am and took off at 12pm.
Run into two hikers following my tracks on the way down. Glad I helped.
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Which animal left the footprints?
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Three Sisters from SW ridge
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Three Sisters
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Three Fingered Jack and Black Butte
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View to the north
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Mt Hood & Mt Jefferson

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Re: Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

Post by miah66 » February 14th, 2017, 2:32 pm

Interesting! That cornice near your bunny tracks was the wall for our snow camp on Jan 28! Here are his tracks from that weekend! lol

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Re: Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

Post by justpeachy » February 14th, 2017, 5:36 pm

Wow, what awesome views! I don't think I've ever seen a trip report from that sno park where someone went all the way to the butte and summitted. That's a long ways!
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Re: Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

Post by ssinfo503 » February 14th, 2017, 10:21 pm

justpeachy wrote:Wow, what awesome views! I don't think I've ever seen a trip report from that sno park where someone went all the way to the butte and summitted. That's a long ways!
That's right. The downside to this hike is that the trail before the ridge is a bit of a long and boring. But the views from the ridge to the summit are phenomenal.

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Re: Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

Post by ssinfo503 » February 14th, 2017, 10:28 pm

miah66 wrote:Interesting! That cornice near your bunny tracks was the wall for our snow camp on Jan 28! Here are his tracks from that weekend! lol
Great sunrise shot. Thanks a lot for pointing out those were bunny tracks. Were they left by wolves, I would be scared to death. I did hear wolves hawling on the way up to Burnt Lake about two years ago.

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Re: Maxwell Butte Snowshoe on 2/12/2017

Post by Don Nelsen » February 15th, 2017, 9:34 pm

Very nice photos and thanks for the TR! I've not been there so now must go.

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