Black Crater

August 23, 1981

A week late, but now to recalling last Sunday’s hike to Black Crater. The leader was a bit concerned when a Friday morning glimpse of the sign up sheet listed seven hikers and one car!—but with some Saturday call-ins and an inquiry or two, there were three drivers to transport the final count of twelve. All enjoyed a beautiful summer drive up the McKenzie Pass, arriving at the trailhead by 10:27 a.m., with a major portion of the group reaching the top, a 2,342 ft. elevation gain, two hours later. Good times were shared, including various tales of the Sawtooth Mountains and tales from the more recent Mt. Hood perimeter “assault” some members made with the Mazamas. As the good weather hoped for prevailed, views of Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson and barely Mt. Hood, as well as the Three Sisters and Broken Top were excellent, and it wasn’t until nearing Springfield on our return that we encountered the dark bank of fog that had abruptly rolled into Eugene at 4:30 or so. Enjoying the day were Joan Borup, George Bury. Hal Busby, John Cecil, Bonnie Ledford, Betty Legris, Christine Ligneau, Karen Seidel, Suzanne Steussy, Merle Traudt, Mike Wright, and leader Lin Pierce.

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