Eula Ridge USFS 3463

November 15, 1980

Thick fog at Eugene gave way to cool autumnal sunshine as six Obsidians and two nonmembers — Becky Kurtz and Dan Weinstein — headed for the trail. A long Noisy Passing Southern Pacific freight train and the cool weather made the trailhead meeting perfunctory. Off at 8:45 a.m., forded the creek and up the trail. The trail goes over (not around) three prominences and steep is the proper description. The sun remained out but had little luck in penetrating the tall firs. A cold but refreshing wind accompanied us on the upper portion of the trail, once causing the forest to crack about us. At the Hardesty Mtn. trail junction we were greeted by a two inch blanket of snow lying in the open spaces. Arrival at the top time was 11:25 to 11:45. The cool weather and snow made a fast lunch and a fast view of the high Cascades from Mt. Jefferson to Diamond Peak the order of the hike. On to the “Window” (Mountain Meadow) for a lock at the Bohemia Mountain side, Mt. June and Sawtooth rock. Looking into the sun, low in the south, made viewing difficult and, hindsight, found this the warm place for lunch. Back we came just as steep down as up. Returned to the parking lot and dispersed homeward at 4:00 p.m. Emulating mountain sheep, more or less in the order of their arrival at the top, were Betty Legris, Bob Devine, Dan Weinstein, Becky Kurtz, Gladys Grancorvitz, Bonnie Ledford, Karen Houglum and leader Wilbur Groner.


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