Rebel Rock Trail to Lookout Stn

October 18, 1981

Five miles from the Rebel Rock trailhead, a crest is reached, aptly named Olallie Vantage Point. From this spot a comprehensive view of Jeff-Sisters-Bachelor can be had that is worthy of gracing a picture post card. However, neither the crest nor its accompanying view is come by easily, although three of our group bounded up the trail to make it seem that way. The rest of us wrested the 3,231 feet of elevation gain from the mountain at a more leisurely pace punctuated occasionally by rest stops.

A pleasant surprise awaited us between the 4th and 5th mile when we enjoyed the fruits of Helen Smith’s summer of ’81 brush clearing labors. Last year the trail through the heavy brush was virtually impossible to follow. This year, thanks to Helen’s hard work, it was no problem at all.

With our party regrouped at the crest, maps and compasses appeared along with lunches. Glenn and Lee worked at pinning down Pyramid Mtn. while Fran diligently put into practice all she had learned at a recent Map & Compass class. With lunches, maps and compasses stowed in their respectively appropriate places we dropped over the ridge and rambled on down to Rebel Rock Lookout Station, perched on the edge of a steep dropoff. After 30 minutes of station inspection and lazing around in the warmth of the Autumn sun, we headed back to retrieve our day packs. Jo had stayed behind to guard our goods, and after one last slow scan of the panorama by one and all, Jo led the way to the cars in a rapid non stop descent. Those enjoying the day were John Cecil, Dallas Cole, Emmy Dale, Fran Gnose, Lee Hatch, Betty Legris, Dot Leland, Jo Loughary, Glenn Meares, Don Payne, and leader Bob Devine.

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