Oppie Dildock Pass

August 1, 1981

Shortly after seven 12 people were ready to leave. We were on the Scott Lake Trail by 9:15. Several persons in the group have made the trip before so were undaunted by the steep inclines at the beginning of the route. It was a beautiful morning and the weather got lovelier as the day progressed. We stopped for a rest in the meadow where the Scott Lake Trail meets the PCNST. Here and throughout the trip the lupine seemed to be at the height of bloom. By 11:45 a.m. we were all perched on the lava promontory overlooking Oppie Dildock Pass. As we enjoyed our lunch we identified the surrounding peaks. Mt. Hood was easily visible and some thought they saw Mt. Adams. No one in the group had ever been to the top of Collier Cone so after viewing Collier Glacier all, except one, trudged up the Cone where we were able to see over the base of North Sister into eastern Oregon. At that point we figured we were higher than another Obsidian hike to Belknap Crater. (We were unable to see those hikers.) Back on the PCNST, part of the group scared up a young buck. After resting at Sunshine Camp, some of the group went a little ways up the valley to get a better view of Middle Sister. A satisfied but weary bunch walked out of Sunshine Camp and arrived tired and dusty at Frog Camp at 6:15. Trudgers were Linda Buie, Stephen Emmel, Bob Foster, Wilbur Groner, Ruth & Wayne Lill, Ellen Maki, Anne Montgomery, Ann Strother, Ed Lichtenstein, and leader Richard Heinzkill.

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