Maiden Peak

October 4, 1975

This was an Obsidian first trip to the Peak by going in on Trail #3681. Our group of ten was anxious to make the summit (Elev. 7,818 ft.) even if the weather was unsettled. So we left at 7:15 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead located 1.6 miles on the Gold Lake Road #223.

Just a short distance in the trail reaches the junction of the Oregon Skyline trail, then winds through the forest climbing steeply at times. Although the trail is faint after the four mile marker it is well marked with three large wooden signs. We were surprised to see snow in the crater which is just below the summit. It was windy and cloudy when we arrived at the top around 12:30 p.m. Some of us were wet from the drizzle so we dried out by the fire and had lunch. When the clouds blew away we could catch views of the surrounding lakes—Odell, Davis, Crescent, Rosary, and Diamond Peak.

Shortly after we left at 1:50 p.m. the sun started to shine brightly through the trees and the air was clear, clean, and crisp going back down the trail. When we got back to the cars by 4:00 p.m. we headed for Gold Lake to swim (yes!), pick huckleberries, and enjoy the scenery.

This is a good hike—we want to make it into a loop trip with the Rosary Lakes Trail next time. First timers to the top were: Shmuel Avital, Norma Lahti, Man Wai Lau, Dorothy Leland (the leader), Jan Middleswart, Jim and Mary Lou Nafziger, Ralph Nafziger, Parker Riddle, Velma Shirk.

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