Olallie Lookout & Guard House

June 14, 1981

As per order, sunshine and clear skies greeted 10 hikers headed for Olallie, on June 14 — this followed a week of steady rains. The drive up to Cougar Reservoir and to the trailhead was unusually beautiful with all the freshness of spring. The trail had just enough snow covering to remind us that the mountains make their own weather . . . but not quite enough snow for glissading, to the disappointment of a few of the hikers. Clouds to the East kept the Sisters hidden from our view most of the morning, but cleared just long enough as we were eating lunch on the top to let us see those bright white peaks looking as majestic as Kilimanjaro! A special guest could not quite find his way to the lookout to join us for lunch, but Olallie’s favorite brown bear did tromp through the meadows below — glad we had carried in some field glasses! On the way down we took a side trip to the guard station and found it in excellent condition, with wild flowers coming up through the melting snows. No one got lost, no calamities . . . just a super day enjoyed by Ted Allen, Fran Gnose, Dan Hornack, Jane Hackett, Ray Mikesell, Betty Legris, Dot Leland, Cindy Guminsk, Gary Butler and leader Doris Allen.

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