Grasshopper Mountain

May 27, 1978

Grasshopper Mountain Trail (no. 3569) lies on the boundary between the Oakridge Ranger District and the Blue River District. Leaving Eugene at 7:30 a.m. we drove to the trailhead at the HIYU pass by way of the North Pork Road out of Westfir. The trail was posted “hazardous” but the party decided to proceed anyway.

Our intent was to hike to the site of a former lookout and help to pick up and pack out some debris. Due to the hazards of the path, which turned out to be numerous fallen trees, and to the foggy weather, we hiked in only about three miles, one mile short of the mountain top. Much of the trail follows a ridge which must offer fine views on bright days, although we had to be contented with an abundance of trillium, violets and glacier lilies at our feet. Our hiker from Indiana collected some excellent spring mushrooms.

Coming home, we chose to drive out through the Blue River access which passes the French Pete Trailhead. This made a good loop and brought us back to Eugene before 5;00 p.m. Enjoying the trip were Mary Babarik, Mary Bridgeman, Emmy Dale and Helen Smith.

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