Maxwell Butte

September 12, 1981

This year’s late summer hiking weather combined with a spectacular view on the trail up and at the top makes for a fine hike and this it was. Four Obsidians and seven prospective members left town at 7:30 a.m., on the trail at 9:30 and to the top at 12:15 p.m., one hour and fifteen minutes there and no one in a hurry to leave. Back in town at 5:30 p.m. Oddly, no one in the party, except the leader, had made this hike up the usual western approach although Merle had been to the top with Clarence Landes on an east side brushbuster from the vicinity of Lower Berley Lake.

Up through the forest with a rest stop at Twin (Now a diminished triple) Lakes. Then the long lateral climb across the semi-alpine south side of the Butte. On top, a sudden and dramatic view of Three Fingered Jack, just three air miles away — Mt. Hood easily visible to the North and Broken Top to the south with South Sister (Charity) (?) barely showing over the North/Middle col. The Presidents (Washington and Jefferson) dominated the middle distance; below, the lakes from Craig to Mowich. On the way down, at the Junction, found a message from Parker Riddle (Class of ’47) left as he passed on his way to a Mowich Lake overnighter.

Enjoying this day were non-Obsidians Linda Loescher, A.C. Dodd, Sherrill Bower, Christine Ligneau, Bob and Jo Ann Fortner, I.C. Kim, and Obsidians Margaret Hadaway, Merle Traudt, Dave Predeek and leader Wilbur Groner.

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