October 7-8, 1978
Mt. Bailey’s elevation is 8363'. And we proved once again that early October is the finest time of the year to do an easy climb or a strenuous hike. Mt. Bailey is very strenuous with 3,083' elevation gain from trailhead to summit.
Our party of seven members and one non-member, camped at Thielsen View camp ground on the west side of Diamond Lake, Saturday night. Leader took wood from home so we enjoyed a nice evening campfire after dinner at the Lodge coffee shop. We were up before 6:00 a.m. Sunday and started up the trail at 7:15 with clear skies and mild temperature.
A trail improvement project is in progress with some route changes in the works, so we used some old and some new trail. With our tongues hanging out we arrived at the summit about 11:30 a.m. The view to the north was good as far as Mt. Jefferson. Slash burning smoke rolled into the area from the southeast. After a one-hour lunch break, we started down and we arrived at the trailhead at 3:15 p.m. We almost wished we had taken swim suits because it was almost warm enough for a swim in the lake. We settled for pie and ice cream at the coffeeshop, then departed for home. Six of the party had dinner in Oakridge and arrived home about 8:30 p.m.
The October sunshine hike was thoroughly enjoyed by Emmy Dale, Wilbur Groner, Dorothy Hayes, Glenn Meares, Paula Vehrs, Robin Steussy, Merle Traudt and leader Wes Prouty.