Black Crater

August 27, 1977

Five members of our party left Eugene at 8:00 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. where three more members of the group were waiting for us. Started up the trail at 10:15 under completely overcast skies, little wind, and just a hint of rain. The trail, however, was in excellent shape since it had obviously rained quite hard in the mountains on the previous day. We hiked at a leisurely pace, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Just before we reached the top, the clouds started coming around the crater and lowering at the same time, so that by the time we arrived at the summit at 12:45 we were completely in the clouds. And the wind was bowing quite strongly by then. Since no one felt inclined to sit in the wind and clouds to eat lunch, we retreated back down into the tree line where there was a bit of shelter from the wind. We started back down at 1:30 and arrived back at the cars at 3:00 p.m. The rain held off quite well all the while we were hiking, so no one got wet, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the trip. It would have naturally been a lot nicer if it had been a nice day, but all in all it was quite an enjoyable trip. Hopefully, next year the weather will be more conducive to seeing a few things of interest. Everyone left for home right after 3:00 p.m. and were back in town by 5:30.

Participants on this trip were Wilbur Groner, Vi Johnson, Barbara and Eunice Mickel, Vern Nelson, Sarah Payne, Helen Smith and leader Al Gamache.


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