Quaking Aspen Swamp

October 11, 1981

Only five optimists turned out at 0830. After a pleasant drive up the McKenzie, Valley, we found snow at about the 4200 foot level, about an inch deep at the trailhead. The Forest Service has taken Quaking Aspen off the map, and removed the sign from the trailhead, probably to limit the number of people entering the botanical study area. On the trail we had to push through vine maples bent over with snow. We saw lots of squirrel tracks and feeding litter. The swamp was soggy, but we hiked around it and reached the eight large aspen. Charlene identified some of the unusual plants for us, but the snow made it hard to see some. We had lunch under some trees, as it drizzled. We completed the circuit of the swamp, and reached the cars at about 1345. Just a little way down the mountain we met the sun, which had been hiding from us. We were back home doing the chores by 1500. Our party included Joe and Phyllis Earley, Nick Johnson, Charlene Simpson, and leader Joel McClure.

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