Deception Butte

December 13, 1981

Always the challenge on this hike is the Deception Creek crossing. While one agile young man was able to leap to submerged rocks and keep his footing, the rest of us used a time honored technique. We took off our shoes and waded. Icy water is less than a joy in winter, but we were grateful for only a knee-deep water level as we observed the debris left high on the creek banks from the previous weeks floods. We were soon back into our warm dry socks and shoes, that is, unless one lets ones socks lay in a pool of water. Right, John? A wet, cold, foggy summit gave us a typical winter view, a very brief lunch stop, and a rapid descent necessary to re-start circulation. Cold, wet, but mostly happy hikers were Pete and John Cecil, Margaret Crosland, and leader Betty Legris.

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