Fall Creek Trail

May 5, 1979

It was under, a leaden sky, with intermittent rain, that the group left South Eugene High parking lot. Cars met at Unity where Helen Smith joined the party. Because of the amount of rain coming down, the leader decided not to plan on hiking the whole trail, so one car was left at Clark Creek, and all crowded into the two remaining cars for the drive up to the upper part of the trail at Rd. 1828.

The leader started the leading by starting down the trail, but was corrected by Helen Smith on the second step, and so began a walk through beautiful greenery and flowers. Work had been done on the upper two miles of trail just a few days before, and two new foot bridges were in place. Trail was a little muddy and slippery in places, but generally very good footing, and the foot bridges charming. Many wild white flags along the trail, together with bleeding heart, violets, and dogwood. Only a few showers, and even a little sun at times. We made a side trip to a cave, and ate lunch at Bedrock Campground.

At Clark Creek, it had started to rain again, and after shuttling the two cars back to Clark Creek, the group split into thirds—one group had had enough trail and rain and returned home, one group of three decided to finish the trail down to Dolly Varden, and the third group opted to hike the Clark Nature Trail, then drive the cars down to Dolly Varden to meet the other hikers. Hikers were Doris Allen, Bob Devine, Peggy Funkhauser, Gladys Grancorvitz, Wilbur Groner, Bryant Mitchell, Vern Nelson, Mary Ann Peterson, Mary Joanne Peterson, Helen Smith, Beverly Soule, Ethel Steussy, Paula Vehrs, and leader Bonnie Ledford.


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