Clark Creek and Butte

March 15, 1975

Our party of 11, including one member age 6.5, left the South Eugene Parking lot at 9:45 a.m. on a dreary, windy, cloudy Saturday. After a distance of 32 miles, arrived at the Clark Creek Organization Camp at 10:40 a.m. Some changed shoes and we took off up the Nature trail going east.

Very light rain among the trees; found the first trillium flower, yellow violets, and some small purple flowers we did not identify.

Ran into a great number of blow-downs of very large trees in the first ¾s of the trail, necessitating climbing over, under, and through. Otherwise the trail is fairly easy, except the last mile which climbs up the steep side of the last part of the butte itself. Of course, on our day there was no view because of the overcast, clouds, and rain.

The trail is intersected three times by a new road coming off the Little Cowhorn road. Had half a lunch at 12:10 at first crossing, about half way up. At this crossing there is no trail marker, but the ends are fairly clear. At the next two crossings there are steel posts with “X” signs on them.

Because of the strenuous part of crossing the trees, four of the party decided to wait at the second road crossing, where the really steep part begins. The other seven made it to the top, though the leader was slow at it. Returned to the cars about 3:00 o’clock, parking lot at 4 p.m. after stopping at a few places to see natural history sights, like the massive cuts in the rock of Fall Creek where the concrete bridge is, at the head of the lake, which was quite low.

Three cars drove. Four were non-members, and encouragement was made to join with other activities of the Club.

Making up the group were Leslie Cooper (age 6.5), Mary Cooper (Aunty), Dutchess Cox, Gene and Esther George, Teresa Nutt, Frank and Sue Riemer, Barbara Stiles, Merle Traudt, and leader Bill Eaton.

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