Clark Butte Trail/Jones Trail

December 16, 1979

A heavy ground fog delayed the start of this hike 10 minutes to enable tardy signees to arrive at the Y parking lot. Eventually nine Obsidians set off, and quickly left the smog behind. Starting off up Clark Creek Nature Trail, Dave Predeek gave us a little of his woods expertise in translating the markers. On up steep Clark Butte Trail (dissected by three road crossings) in record time and a brief respite at the top on Forest Service Road 1817.

Two miles or so further on brought our “downhill” crew to the top end of Jones Trail; an optical illusion (?) makes it appear to start off uphill! An open, south-facing slope provided an excellent lunch spot, which was taken in leisurely fashion. A clear view of surrounding countryside triggered the usual discussion/arguments of peak identification. In no doubt was the view of last Sunday’s route up Hardesty Mt. to Mt. June by this essentially same group. Continuing our hike, Jones Trail was noted as being generally in first-class order. Its grades and tread were in text-book condition for the most part — a credit to the YCC crews who have labored along it. Connecting up to the Fall Creek Trail and through Bedrock C.G. and the Nature Trail completed the circle of 13 miles hiked.

Enjoying some good trails on a beautiful winter day were: Wilbur Groner, Lee Hatch, K. C. Kraft, Betty Legris, Joe Lowry, Dave Predeek, Henrietta Richmond, Merle Traudt, and Leader John Cecil.

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