Erma Bell Lakes

August 24, 1975

Though the weather had been rainy and threatening, we started for Erma Bell Lakes about 7:30 a.m. with a group of 17. By the time we arrived at the Skookum Creek Campground at the trail head via the McKenzie Highway and the Roaring River road, the sun had started to break through the clouds though it was still cold. We had a brisk walk into the Lower Erma Bell Lake trying to keep warm. By the time we arrived there, the sun was out and everything looked beautiful. After drinking in the beauty of the lake, we headed for the Middle Lake after splitting into two groups—one taking the upper trail and the other taking the trail along the lake shore leading to the base of the water falls between the two lakes. This group scampered up the rocks along the falls to the Middle Lake which proved to be very interesting. From there, the entire group headed for the Upper Lake arriving there about 12:15 in time for lunch. As the sun was quite warm by that time, we took a siesta along the lake shore followed by a hike around the lake. About 2:00 p.m. we headed back down the trail arriving at the cars about 3:30 p.m. Coming home, we took the road into Westfir and back by the Willamette Highway, so we had an opportunity to see new scenery instead of retracing our route, arriving in Eugene about 5:15 p.m. As we had a beautiful day, saw gorgeous scenery and had a very congenial group of hikers, we felt it ranked as one of our better one-day hikes. Trip members were: Mary Bridgeman, Bev Juilfs, Dr. & Gail Katul and two of their daughters, Nadia and Sonia, Dorothy Leland, Teresa Nutt, Art and Isabel Porter, Lois Schreiner, Millard and Connie Thomas, Lin Trombley, Robert Walden and Clarence & Dorothy Scherer, leaders.

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