Gearhart Mountain Wilderness

July 3-5, 1981

Friday, nine members of the party motored along the Willamette Hwy and then south to Chiloquin for a slightly cooler than warm soda at the general store. After winding through Sprague River, Beatty and Bly we chose a road toward Gearhart Mtn., expecting to eventually find a sign affirming our destination. One course correction was made after talking to two young State Foresters (who had never been to the area) and it is noted that the first sign mentioning “Gearhart Wilderness” is two miles from the trailhead. We stayed at Corral Creek Campground and in the midst of dinner Lois Schreiner arrived from Davis, Reno and all points South.

Saturday we took day packs and hiked along the 6 to 7 thousand foot trail to Gearhart Mtn. in the center of the wilderness. A variety of trees and flowers are at home in this area: pine, fir and cedar trees, paint brush (even the green variety), white lupine, etc. Several springs are along the way and since much of the trail is ridge top, an excellent view is afforded. The individually ghost like shapes of Palisade Rocks were enjoyed for climbing as was the Dome, which is somewhat more formidable. The day was very warm but became progressively more cloudy and cooler, even a sprinkle or two. Dinner was enjoyable but neighbors in camp listened to loud rock music until Dorothy requested silence about 3:00 a.m.

Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast, we drove 35 miles of gravel to Paisley, seeing several deer, and after sodas, on to a delightful swim in the Summer Lake hot springs, then to Summer Lake Rest Area for a late lunch. The route then proceeded through Silver Lake, west to Antelope and Bear Flat, along Upper Klamath Marsh viewing various waterfowl, to Hwy 97 and on to Willamette Pass Ski area for dinner at the restaurant, hence to Eugene about 9 p.m.

The small, elite group of Obsidians eligible for the coveted Gearhart Wilderness certificate are Keith Blunck, Greg Hendrickson, Danial Johnson, Dorothy Leland, John, Lenore and Steven McManigal, Lois Schreiner, and Wilma and Frank Moore, leader.

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