August 12, 1979
For those of you who are familiar with the Duffy Lake area, it’s interesting to note that in the three weeks from when we scouted the hike until we made our scheduled trip Aug. 12, portions of the area surrounding the lake were roped off in order to allow reforestation and growth of new vegetation. It certainly makes you aware of what can happen to an area that is over populated or misused by wilderness travelers.
We left the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and traveled the Clear Lake cut-off to the North Santiam highway and our destination, the Maxwell Butte trail.
We signed in and were on our way shortly after 10:30. We arrived at Duffy Lake 1:00 p.m. and found a portion of grassy shoreline where we immediately began to eat, swim and relax.
We spent two and one half hours around the lake. Several people went swimming while others enjoyed following the trail that leads around the lake. We left the lake at 3:30 and returned to the cars at about 5:30.
I was only disappointed that we didn’t see the profusion of wild flowers on our scheduled trip as we had observed on our scouting party.
Those who traveled with Michael Wright were: Donnie Byrd, Brad Jones, Susan Goodness, Flo Moore, Dorothy Scherer, Clarence Scherer, Mary Ellen West, Brad Wilkinson, Lori Wright and Mike Wright, leader.