Mary’s Peak

April 26, 1981

Sixteen hikers participated in the lightning thrust into Oregon State territory despite early morning threatening weather. Nor were we deterred by the unexpected encounter with a state policeman when we stopped to have a look at Alsea Falls. He warned us: “l. No angling; 2. Beware of the bikers camping there, although they probably won’t bother you.” They didn’t.

The parking lot near the top of Mary’s Peak was cold and foggy when we arrived, so we hurried down the trail to eat lunch out of the wind near the bottom. Hiking back up after a meal might have been more difficult had the trail not consisted of very gradual traverses up the steep slope on the north side of the mountain.

The sun came out fairly often during the hike and once back on top we could see part of the Willamette Valley. The springy nature of the almost rockless, streamless trail is testified by Judge Thomas’s enjoyment of hiking in his bedroom slippers, his boots resting safely back in Eugene. Hikers were: Barry Beck, John Cecil, Peter Cecil, Mr. & Mrs. Christoffersen, Bernie Claypool, Lee Hatch, Karen Houglum, Betty Legris, Anne Montgomery, Phene Palnick, Wes Prouty, Parker Riddle, Bill Robinson, Millard Thomas and leader Robin Steussy.

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