Yankee Mountain Trail

April 8, 1978

Although cloudy the day was warm and beautiful, with only an occasional gust of cool wind, just to remind us that it really wasn’t summer yet. We were on the trail by ten o’clock and within a half hour had climbed over four logs straddling the trail—two were immense. The trail has many switchbacks up the southwest slope snaking up through the timber, but then it gets very steep in several places before it tapers off into meadows. In one place much elevation is lost as the trail skirts an old slide, and that portion of the trail is exceedingly steep too. Much of the trail is in forest of fir, cedar and madrone before reaching the high meadows and rocky outcroppings beyond the three mile point.

After three hours of hiking we stopped for lunch in one of the high meadows. At that point about half the party of 15 decided they had had enough and sunbathed and napped for an hour and a half while the rest of us trudged on up the hill on a poorly defined trail. At 2:30 p.m. and between 3½ and 4 miles from the trailhead (about 4500' elevation) we turned back, picking up our rear guard shortly after 3:00 and started down the steep slope returning to the cars at 4:45 p.m. We were tired but happy with the weather, the excursion, and the company. We were not alone as three different small groups passed us along the way. But our crowd consisted of Mary Bridgeman, Emmy Dale, Lynn Daly, Heide Didwiszus, Barbara Durchanek, Gladys Grancorvitz, Helen Kimmel, Bonnie Ledford, Joel McClure, Elizabeth McMullen, Vern Nelson, Helen Smith, Paula Vehrs, Dan Weinstein and leader Lois Schreiner.

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