Mt. Rainier

July 1-4, 1978

Eleven hikers left Eugene Sat. morn under very cloudy skies. That evening we camped in an organized campsite at Longmire in Mt. Rainier National Park. It rained that evening, but we had a good camp fire anyway. Sunday morning we started the four mile hike into Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground with clouds, fog, rain and very little sunshine. The trail was very steep as hiking trails go but when we got to the top the view was great about 100 yards. The only place we could camp in the area was Devil’s Dream campground and it was a dream, a real Devil’s dream. By morning the clouds & fog were still with us so down we went to the car and lunch. Because of the poor weather it was decided to head back hone & beat the July 4th rush.

This was absolutely the best group of backpackers I have ever been with. This was a steep, hard hike in terrible weather and I didn’t hear one complaint. My hat goes off to a fine party, who were Donna Ferchland, Dorothy Hayes, Glenn Meares, Dot Leland, Charlotte Mills, Pat Morin, Wes Prouty, Velma Shirk, Dorothy Turner, Paula Vehrs and leader Bob Dark.


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