Rigdon Lakes

July 17, 1976

The Rigdon Lakes Exploring Party left Eugene shortly after 7:30 a.m., an all-Obsidian group, three strong. At about 10 we left the parking lot of the North Camp on Waldo Lake, following the north shore trail to the Willamette source. Along the way hikers we encountered showed us a map depicting a trail recently cut which takes off directly from the north shore trail into the lakes. Since it lay behind us, we elected to take the route followed by the reconnaissance party the week before and come out by the new trail. It was in fact on a segment of that new trail that we forked off the 0lallie trail into Lake Kiwa and thence to Lower Rigdon Lake. (The names of the Lakes seem to reflect the south-to-north fall of waters, from Upper to Lower Rigdon Lakes and then into Kiwa.) Arriving about noon, the party lunched and—without event—fished until almost 2 p.m., when we left by the new trail, which runs along the eastern shore of the two lakes and south to the north shore trail on which we had come out. The new trail cuts off about a mile; our total distance, as plotted from the quadrangle, was about seven miles. We were able to establish without doubt that the new trail does not, as alleged, pass anywhere near the Big Rock Candy Mountain. The day, somewhat overcast and intermittently sunny, was ideal for travelling. We were back at the parking lot shortly before four and in Eugene at about six. The party included Bob Capron, Beverly Juilfs, and Ted Stern, secretary.


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