October was abnormally sunny this year in Oregon. Snow from an early season storm still lingered on sheltered aspects, and allowed for exploration into areas normally un-rideable this time of year. After consulting a local split-guru, Matt Stouder, I decided to take an exploratory hike out to the North East side of Three Finger Jack. The homie Mike said he was down to join, so we met early on Thursday 10/24, an headed South.
Ready to roll, at the trailhead.
Signs are cool.
The trail hikes through some burn trees, providing good views of Mt. Jefferson to the North.
Hiking out of the forest, TFJ had a commanding presence.
The view of Mt. Jefferson was still good.
We took 2 laps on this slope. Although the slope was in the shade, with warm temps, the corn was still creamy from sun earlier in the day.
The view from camp wasn't too bad.
We had plans to ride a chute off the ridge in the morning. Unfortunately, the protected NE facing line never received any sun, and we opted out of ice boarding it.
After lapping the same slope as the night before, we decided to hike across the bowl to explore the eastern ridge-line. On the way over, we stopped to check out the location of the old Jack Glacier, it was cool.
After reaching the east ridge, we earned views of TFJ's Southeast bowl, and the volcanos to the South.
But, you can't forget about Mt. Jefferson.
October soul turns.
After riding down to camp, we packed up our gear and hiked the trail back to the car. Another awesome early season trip. (photo: Mike)