June 30-July 1, 1979
Our backpacking trip to Boulder Creek (Pine Beach) began with all six hikers
plus all our gear fitting into one car, (not one of the small compact variety).
We took the back roads from Cottage Grove through such places as Culp Creek,
Sharps Creek, Clark Creek and Canton Creek to Steamboat on the Umpqua River.
We had lunch at trailhead and headed up the 2½ mile trail at 1:20 and arrived at
our destination at 3:00 p.m.
Our destination was a campsite with a shelter, place for campfire, nearby spring and a
breathtaking view of the valley below from the rocky cliffs of Pine Beach.
The evening was enjoyed by all cooking over the campfire followed by campfire
songs accompanied by Gordon and his harmonica, stories, etc.
Sunday morning we woke to misty rain, which didn’t dampen our pancakes or our
spirits too much.
Some of us took a side trip and explored the Perry Butte Stub trail where we saw
many huge sugar pine trees.
We left camp at 11:30 a.m. and arrived at trailhead at 1:00 p.m. with half the group
taking the Boulder Creek Trail and the other half taking the Bradley Trail.
After a futile search for the hot springs we headed home by way of Glide, Wilbur,
and then to the Freeway.
We arrived in Eugene about 5:00 p.m.
The hikers included
NOTE: Gas stations were open Saturday & Sunday at Steamboat and at Dry Creek.