Pine Bench/Boulder Creek

May 25-26, 1980

After we completed the day trip to Twin Lakes on Sat., five of us drove on to Eagle Rock Campground on the N. Umpqua and set up camp, in order to make the one day hike into an overnighter. Recreation groups are now being encouraged to do this to save fuel. The weather was cloudy and cool and it rained slightly during the night. However, we had ample wood for campfires. After breakfast we drove 3 miles to the Soda Springs Dam turnoff and one mile down Road 2661, where we parked our car at the trailhead leading to Pine Bench.

The trails are well maintained and the 1½ mile hike across the bench of 160 acres of Ponderosa Pine is delightful — many wildflowers and wild strawberries. We hiked on ½ mile to the shelter, then stopped for a cool drink from the spring nearby and a climb up on the rocks overlooking Boulder Creek gorge. We had lunch at the lookout spot, then came back by the Boulder Creek trail which connects to Road 2661 and back to our car. We all enjoyed our six mile Pine Bench Look and recommend combining it with Twin Lakes — a suggestion for next year.

Overnighters were Helen Lynch, Elizabeth McMullin, Clarence Scherer, Dorothy Scherer and Dot Leland (leader).

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