Six Lakes Basin - Winchester Trail

October 4, 1981

After making the decision not to have a car shuttle from Waldo Lake, eight Obsidians left the south Eugene Parking lot at 7:30 a.m. bound for the Winchester Trail above Oakridge and the Six Lakes Basin. We traveled over the Salmon Creek road and F.S. Roads 2417 and 254 encountering several hunters who were a bit disgruntled when Clarence honked the horn to indicate a picture stop. The stop was made at an incredible scene of fall color stretching from the road up on two levels covered with vine maple in all shades of orange and red.

When we arrived at the trailhead about 9:30, there was a light covering of snow creating a real Christmas card scene. This area is about 5000 feet. However, the weather was partly cloudy and remained that way all day until later afternoon when the sun shone brightly. The ground was quite damp and there were puddles in some areas. We covered the area to the Quinn Lakes quite rapidly and went on to Long Lake for lunch. Here we found a small camp and a place to build a fire. Dorothy Hayes attempted to get the fire going but the wood was so wet it was a little disappointing. Part of the group decided to go on to Upper Eddeeleo Lake and three decided to return to the cars. Clarence also took some more pictures as we had another fabulous view of vine maple across the lake on the hillside and this was reflected in the lake. Those that returned to the cars explored for huckleberries and sunbathed until the others arrived and all returned home arriving about 5:30 p.m. All the snow had melted as we left. Lake trippers were Dorothy Hayes, Miki Hutchison, Helen Lynch, Paula Vehrs, Murna Wilson, and leaders Bette Hack, Dorothy and Clarence Scherer.


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