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This is the home ski area for residents of the Eugene-Springfield area. Directly at Willamette Pass, this ski area provides several runs of varying complexity. Costs for a daypass are $35 for adults. The hill is a good place to learn on with over 200 acres of runs. There are also many possibilities for cross-country skiing here on tracks and off-track into the nearby Waldo Lake Wilderness Area.
For summer fun, just beyond the ski area to the east are the beautiful waters of Odell Lake waiting to be enjoyed with grand views to Diamond Peak to the southwest.
Equipment: Ski or snowboard equipment for winter. A nice sailboat or sea kayak for summer.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Climbing Mt Yoran is usually done via the gully on the southeast side of the peak. From the little camping area on the northwest end of Divide Lake you just go up the scree slope, aiming at the trees just to the right of the gully. Then comes the gully itself which takes you to an easy ridge by which you can gain the summit. The rock is a little loose, so some might want to wear a helmet. Some guidebooks have rated this climb as a class 4, but it seems much more like a class 3. As usual, more care is needed in the downclimbing, especially if climbing in a party - don't drop rocks on your mates below. The view from the top is grand and the climb takes a couple of hours from Divide Lake below.
Equipment: Good boots, plenty of water and maybe a helmet depending upon how many rocks people in your party like to kick loose.
Written Aug 30, 2005