Thursday, January 16, 2014

Get To Know Oregon Cape Perpetua Thor's Well



Geography
Cape Perpetua is located about 2 miles (3 km) south of Yachats, Oregon along U.S. Route 101. It is a typical Pacific Northwest headland, forming a high steep bluff above the ocean. At its highest point, Cape Perpetua rises to over 800 feet (240 m) above sea level. From its crest, an observer can see 70 miles (110 km) of Oregon coastline and as far as 37 miles (60 km) out to sea on a clear day

History
For at least 6,000 years Native Americans hunted for mussels, crabs, sea urchins, and clams along the coast near Cape Perpetua. Evidence of their lives can still be found in the huge piles of discarded mussel shells that lie along the shore near the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.
Several early explorers sailed past the cape. The first recorded passage was by Bartolom√© Ferrelo in 1543; then came Sir Francis Drake in 1575 and Martin d’Aguilar in 1605. The cape was named by Captain James Cook on March 7, 1778 as he searched for the Pacific entrance to a Northwest Passage. Cook named the cape Perpetua because it was sighted on St. Perpetua’s Day.

The area became part of the Siuslaw National Forest in 1908. In 1914, the United States Forest Service cut a narrow road into the cliff around Cape Perpetua and constructed a wooden bridge across the Yachats River, opening travel between the small community of Yachats and Florence, Oregon to the south. The wooden bridge was replaced in 1926 with a steel structure. The Cape Perpetua section of the Roosevelt Memorial Highway (now Highway 101) was built in the 1930s.
In 1933, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was built at the foot of the cape just north of Cape Creek near where the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is located today. The CCC constructed Cape Perpetua campground, a network of trails, and the West Shelter observation point near the top of the cape. During World War II, the West Shelter observation point was used as a coastal watch station and a large coastal defense gun was temporarily installed. An SCR-270B radar was installed at an undetermined location to take advantage of the height of the promontory.
The Cape Perpetua Shelter and Parapet were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
The Forest Service created the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and built the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center in the 1960s to highlight the unique beauty of the central Oregon Coast. The scenic area includes 2,700 acres (11 km2) of old growth spruce, Douglas-fir and western hemlock
Camping, picnicking, hiking, sightseeing, whale watching, and a visitor center with daily programs are all available within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. There are twenty-six miles of interconnected hiking trails in old growth forests which lead to Pacific Ocean tidal pools. One of the trails leads to a 600 year old Giant Sitka Spruce known as the Silent Sentinel of the Siuslaw. This tree stands more than 185 feet (56 m) high, and has a 40-foot (12 m) circumference at its base. On September 15, 2007, this ancient spruce was designated a “Heritage Tree” by the State of Oregon to recognize its exceptional age and size and ensure its protection.

Along the Cape Perpetua coastline there are several unique features as well. The Devil’s Churn is a long crack in the coastal rock that fills with each ocean wave, occasionally exploding as incoming and outgoing waves collide. The Spouting Horn at Cook’s Chasm and Thor’s Well on the plateau nearby are both salt water fountains driven by the power of the ocean tide. Thor’s Well is at 44.278421°N 124.113499°W. Spouting Horn is at 44.277497°N 124.112994°W. Both Thor’s Well and Spouting Horn are best seen approximately an hour before high tide to an hour after high tide. How spectacular the sights are is a function of the height of the high tide and the direction and size of the swells. The wind can also be a factor. Devil’s Churn, Spouting Horn and Thor’s Well are popular with visitors; however, all three can be dangerous especially at high tide and during winter storms.
The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is located two miles (3 km) south of Yachats. The visitor center offers spectacular views of the ocean and coast from its deck. It is also a popular place to watch migrating gray whales. The visitor center has comprehensive natural history and cultural exhibits, an interactive children’s science area, a theater with nature films, and a bookstore. At the shelter there was never a gun installation. An SCR270B radar was installed on the site in 1943 in response to the bombing of Mt. Emily, Brookings, Oregon.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Willamette Pass Resort Oregon



Willamette Pass Resort is a ski area in the western United States, located at Willamette Pass in west central Oregon, in Klamath and Lane counties. In the Cascade Range between Oak Ridge and La Pine and accessed by Highway 58, it operates on federal land under special use permit on the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests. Founded in 1941, the ski area has been locally-owned and operated by the Wiper family of Eugene since 1982, the year its first chairlift was installed.

Ski area information
Willamette Pass Resort is a year-round destination with two distinct seasons: A winter ski season and a summer season. In the summer, hiking, sightseeing, disc golf, geocaching, and downhill mountain biking are available, as the Eagle Peak Accelerator is converted into a 6-person gondola.
Willamette Pass is best known for having one of the steepest runs in the world, “RTS”, which at its steepest point is 52 degrees. It hosted the 1993 Subaru U.S. Speed Skiing Championships, where a top speed of 116.56 mph (187 km/h) was achieved.
The area is a popular place for nearby schools to visit, with lessons and plenty of green runs. The lodge has a restaurant, shop, lost-and-found service, and ski and snowboard rentals.
Snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and inner tubing activities are also available
Resort statistics

Elevation
Summit: 6,683 ft (2,037 m)
Base: 5,120 ft (1,561 m)
Midway: 5,899 ft (1,798 m)
Vertical: 1,563 ft (476 m)

Skiable area: 555 acres (2.25 km2)
Groomable area: 225 acres (0.91 km2)
Trails: 29 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg – 20% Beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg – 45% Intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg – 35% Advanced / Expert
Nordic trails: up to 12.4 miles (20 km) groomed
Longest run: “Kaleidoscope/Perseverance” – 2.1 mi (3 km)
Steepest run: “RTS”- up to 52°
Average annual snowfall: 430 inches (1,090 cm)
Terrain Parks: 2 (By George and Timberglades)
Peaks: 2 Eagle Peak
Peak 2

Lifts
The only High Speed Six-Pack in Oregon.6 Total 1 High-Speed Six Pack Eagle Peak Accelerator (Doppelmayr CTEC)
1 Triple Chair Twilight (CTEC)
3 Triple Chairs Sleepy Hollow, Midway, and Peak 2 Lift (Riblet Tramway Company)
1 Magic Carpet
Lift capacity: 11,100 skiers per hour
U.S. Ski Team
Mike Lafferty – 1972 Olympian

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hoodoo Ski Lodge Santiam Pass Oregon



Hoodoo is a ski resort near the summit of Santiam Pass on U.S. Route 20, in the central Cascade Range of Oregon, U.S. The ski area operates on federal land through agreement with Willamette National Forest on Hoodoo Butte, a volcanic cinder cone

History

The ski area was built in 1938[1] by a group funded by Ed Thurston of Bend, Oregon. The group wanted to build on Three Fingered Jack but could not secure funding for a road. There was a hotel at the base that burned. In the 1960s, it was purchased by Hoodoo Ski Bowl Developers, Inc., which later built the Manzanita chair lift.
In 1999, Hoodoo Ski Area was acquired by real estate developer and Umbrella Properties owner Chuck Shepard of Eugene, Oregon. Since then, Hoodoo has built the Hodag chair lift, a 60,000 sq. ft. lodge, the Autobahn Tubing Park, and replaced the green and red double chair lifts with quad chair lifts.

Skiing

Hoodoo has a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) full service lodge. Hoodoo's flagship Green lift—a fixed grip quad chair—services the entire hill providing access to all 806 acres (3.26 km2) and 1,035 feet (315 m) of vertical. Green is a 2001 replacement for the old double chair. The Ed chair, named after Hoodoo's founder, Ed Thurston, replaced the aging Red lift in 2001. The Manzanita triple chair serves the bowl, terrain park, and is open for night skiing. The Hodag lift was built in 1999 and services the backside terrain. The beginner area consists of a double chair (named Easy Rider) and is isolated from other terrain. Hoodoo also has a large selection of Nordic Skiing trails, both at high and lower altitudes.
The tube hill, called the Autobahn Tubing Park, is on the northwest flanks of Hayrick Butte. The 800-foot (240 m) long runs are serviced by a handle tow.[2] Hayrick Butte has a handle tow servicing the 800-foot (240 m) long tube lanes.
Hoodoo offers RV camping on the south side of the parking lot.

Stats

Lifts
  • Green Chair - Quad chair
  • Manzanita Chair (formerly known as blue) - Triple chair
  • Ed Chair (formerly known as red) - Quad chair
  • Hodag Chair - Quad chair
  • Easy Rider - Double Chair
  • None of these chairs are detachable
Runs
  • Longest Run - Over Easy (from summit)
  • Steepest Run - Chuck's Backside
  • 34 Runs total
  • 20% Easiest
  • 39% Difficult
  • 41% Most Difficult
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