Midnight Lake

September 1, 1979

Despite very unpromising weather, twelve people turned our to hike on the Pacific Crest Trail beginning at Willamette Pass Ski area. An enthusiastic group set off for our first stop, Burley Bluffs, at one mile, for a panoramic view of Odell Lake and Diamond Peak. Then on through heavy forest to the Diamond Peak Wilderness boundary at about three miles. Shortly there after we were at midnight Lake for a rest stop and snacks. Then on the trail again for 1½ miles to a beautiful small lake which provided a sunny, scenic place for lunch as well as a light breeze to keep the mosquitoes away. As our lunch hour ended the rain arrived to the roll of thunder, but this group was not at all dampened in spirit, as all agreed we should explore the Crest Trail a little further. Half an hour of walking took us past numerous small lakes, the largest of which we named Lake Gail in honor of one of our hikers on her first Obsidian trip. Then a fast trip back to the cars in a light warm rain, arriving back in town shortly before 5:00. A good group and a beautiful trail. Leader: Betty Legris.

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