Near Christmas, 1877 — accounts vary as to when exactly he left McKenzie Bridge — John Craig headed off on skis eastbound over the McKenzie Pass with a bag of mail. He never made it to Central Oregon, and his body was found the following spring in a small cabin he had built on the pass.
The John Craig Ski Tour
Since 1972, the Central Oregon Nordic Club has honored John Craig's attempt to get the mail to Bend by skiing to the top of Mackenzie Pass. It is a tough 2,200 foot, 7+ mile climb. An average skier should be able to make it to the top in 3 hours or to Windy Point in two. It will take about half the time to come down. Bring food and water and rain gear - conditions at the top are often very different from the bottom.
CONC will groom a 10-foot-wide trail approximately 2,200 feet up the pass. Take a lunch and bring some extra clothing just in case the weather goes south. It’s pretty much a back country tour, except it’s groomed. NOT good for skate skis. NOT good for Beginners. It will be groomed, but still very uneven and conditions are always uncertain.
For more see the Bulletin Article.
Donations for the groomer's gas and to rebuild our beloved (but falling down) Swampy Shelter always appreciated! Save Our Swampy.com
By signing up for this meetup, I agree to the following: Skiing can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury or even possibly death. The organizers of this group and its’ members will not be held responsible for the actions of any participant at any event. Each participant attends an event at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves.