Snowmobiling from Catherine Summit Snopark, Oregon - Taylor Green, Flagstaff, Big Creek, and West Eagle


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Distance:
14.13 miles (22.74 km)

Total Elev. Gain:
4,428 ft. (1350 m)
Total Elev. Loss:
-1,528 ft. (-466 m)

Max Altitude:
7,070 ft. (2155 m)
Min Altitude:
4,165 ft. (1270 m)
by Brian Sather — Updated 2 days 36 mins ago · Posted Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Snowstorms from the west slam into the Wallowas at this location and generate huge snowfall from the the orographic lift of the high peaks in this area. Within a matter of a few hundred feet between Taylor Green and Flagstaff Butte the snow totals can be double to triple what is showing on the snotel at Taylor Green. The ridges and valleys past the warming shelter are very conducive to frolicking on your snow machine.

Waypoints:
 Catherine Creek Snopark — 45.097140, -117.670570
 Parking for Buck Creek Access — 45.123040, -117.700740
 Roadside Parking — 45.117840, -117.682170
 Buck Creek Play — 45.132350, -117.555400
 Buck Creek Play — 45.129460, -117.559600
 Taylor Green Play — 45.058630, -117.493300
 Taylor Green Play — 45.065230, -117.494860
 Taylor Play Area — 45.087380, -117.512740
 Taylor Play Area — 45.079650, -117.497060
 Taylor Play Area — 45.100480, -117.506350
 Difficult drop into trees — 45.084830, -117.492180
 Taylor Green Warming Shelter — 45.079106, -117.538983
 Flagstaff Butte — 45.079650, -117.517320
 Cornice crux at Trout — 45.100040, -117.507580
 Taylor Green Snowmobile Compilation — 45.090690, -117.492890
 Video departing Catherine Snopark — 45.083830, -117.644620
 West Eagle Meadow — 45.082040, -117.479330
 Small play area near Buck Creek — 45.146360, -117.581920
 Boondock video up the ridge and around the top — 45.128040, -117.551200
 Video from Flagstaff through Trout Creek Snowmobile — 45.095310, -117.510620
 Velvet Creek — 45.025240, -117.548270




Looking at the Wallowas from near Flagstaff Butte
Wide open ridges around Flagstaff Butte.
The snow gets really deep by Trout Creek.

The open ridges seem endless.
A sunny day looking at the Wallowas
Taylor Green Warming Shelter
A look inside the shelter.
Deep play near the warming shelter at Taylor Green


An open area near Buck Creek.

Contributors: Tesmond Hurd, Forrest Warren, Vance Sather