August 31, 1980
Seven lucky people watched the clouds dissipate as they rode up the pass for what turned out to be a long day in warm sunshine. We hiked into Rosary Lakes over the fallen timber on the old trail, forgotten now except by the deer according to visible evidence. From Middle Rosary we bushwhacked through brushless terrain, relieved by a short stretch of the Maiden Lake trail until we hit the Maiden Peak trail about five minutes from the summit.
At the top we ate lunch in breezy comfort. Inspired by Emmy Dale, several hikers packed out lunch bags loaded with broken glass left from the days of the firewatch station on the peak.
For the descent we split into two groups: John Cecil, Betty Legris and Bart Swanson who did not know how desolate the regular Maiden Peak trail to Gold Lake is. Emmy Dale, Dorothy Leland, Robin Steussy and Suzanne Steussy again refreshed themselves at Rosary Lakes by virtue of “going out by the same door wherein they went.”
The Gold Lakers received compensation in the form of a rest of over an hour before we picked them up at Gold Lake — just as they were about to give up on us and start hitching for Eugene. Leader was Robin Steussy.