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Cone Peak Backcountry Skiing

This small peak in Santiam Pass provides some great backcountry skiing opportunities for beginners and veterans alike.
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  This is a fun and easy climb for beginner backcountry skiers. If you stick to climbers left on the way up you may be able to climb on... more »

Tips:  Park at the Tombstone Parking lot off of Santiam HWY 20. You will need a snow-park pass to park here. Follow the trail signs and gps... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Summit of Cone Peak

The summit. If there is enough snow you can jump from the summit rock pile to a drift below safely... fun. Views East towards the Sisters.

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2. Skiing the Backside

It's possible to take a quick run down the backside and then hike back up to the ridgeline. It'll give you a little more skiing action.

3. Skiing Down

Find some open snow slopes and head on down. Tip, if you follow this gps track you'll find yourself in a stream gully that is shaded from the sun and may allow snow late into the season, thereby allowing you ski further down towards your vehicle.