Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

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aaburles
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Re: Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

Post by aaburles » December 9th, 2020, 12:06 pm

I just climbed St Helens Dec 4th. Perfect weather and great snow conditions. I had crampons and an ice axe but never needed them( I'm glad I had them just in case), I was able to just use microspikes and trekking poles. Granted the conditions change constantly so make sure you're going when its safe and clear non stormy weather. 11 miles and 5700ft with great plowed trailhead access.

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DannyH
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Re: Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

Post by DannyH » December 9th, 2020, 12:10 pm

I grew up in Cottage Grove, welcome!

There are great training trails nearby, although not in the mountaineering category. The trail system along Bryce creek is fantastic, Adams Way Trail and Crawfish Lake Trail are great for getting in shape. The Hardesty Mountain trail system on Highway 58 just east of Eugene is close by and another great area for training.
"It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe."

Mike Denton
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Re: Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

Post by Mike Denton » December 9th, 2020, 6:46 pm

Thanks all!

I haven't checked this post in time to respond to all the great advice, but since posting I've been up Silver Star and read/watched quite a bit of content. It certainty helped me know what I don't know and put the scope of my question in perspective.

Going to do -something- this weekend, hopefully with views that won't require crampons or an ice axe. Thanks again and I'll post pictures of what I do!
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retired jerry
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Re: Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

Post by retired jerry » December 10th, 2020, 6:42 am

Silverstar is great in the winter when there's snow, if you can drive within walking distance

Where'd you park?

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dirtman
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Re: Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

Post by dirtman » December 11th, 2020, 10:46 am

When I lived in Klamath Falls, I could climb Hogback Mountain (~6200') starting from my residence. I would just go straight up, but there is a trail that starts by the Foothills Christian Fellowship. You get about 2000' of elevation gain and it is not technical.

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Chip Down
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Re: Best non-technical 6,000'+ peaks for winter?

Post by Chip Down » December 11th, 2020, 12:36 pm

dirtman wrote:
December 11th, 2020, 10:46 am
I would just go straight up, but there is a trail...
"Straight up" is generally the more fun interesting way up a peak. :D

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