Oakridge to Odell Lake

Date: 
Friday, August 1, 2014
Miles: 
35
Bike: 
Soma Saga
Buddies: 
MVBC

Stage 6 of the Loop Tour. Another day of hard climbing. It started in right away as soon as we left Oakridge. A short way out I pulled in at a rest stop and Lon was there. He twisted my arm and insisted I throw my panniers in the van to make the climb easier. Who was I to argue? I was glad I did as it was a long, long climb to the top of Willamette Pass. There were a couple of scenic stops along the way including Salt Creek Falls, but mostly it was just a grind.

Very nice camping on Odell Lake. We had reserved a number of sites and so we were pretty well spread out. I got a nice spot pretty close to the lake. A few of us tried to swim, but it was super shallow with a rocky bottom. I could not walk out and ended up doing some sort of crab crawl to get out where it was deep enough to swim. It was fun anyhow. There was also a lodge and come cabins at the resort. Some of us hung out at the lodge in the early evening.

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Salt Creek Falls
Salt Creek Falls was the big attraction on the way up the pass.

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Willamette Pass
It felt really good to get to the top of Willamette Pass and notch up another Cascades pass.

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Odell Lake
It was calm when we got Odell Lake, but then the wind picked up and it started blowing up some white caps.

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Sunset on Odell Lake
There was a nice sunset, which was enhanced by the smoke from the near by forests. We would be dealing with the smoke for the rest of the tour.