Black Creek Trail

May 22, 1982

Was it because someone wrote in the bulletin that the trip was difficult? Or was it because I wrote on the sign up sheet we would hit snow? Whatever—only two showed up for the Black Creek trail. It really is an easy trail, but we did hit snow. The trail to and a mile past beautiful Lillian Falls was clear and well-graded. We got to snow at 4500 feet and walked on (with occasional post-hole plunges) six to ten foot banks of it, following old marks and new guesses until we reached Nettie Creek. We found a sturdy log for crossing and took a vote on continuing through the snow cross-country. The vote was not unanimous, so we turned back.

On the way past Lillian Falls, on the way back, we stopped to look at some red rock in the stream and were rewarded by seeing one—then two—then three elk come down the bank to cross the stream. They drank their fill and moved to the opposite bank to make room in the stream for three more. What a pleasant end to a brief trip to Black Creek.

From Black Creek we visited the arboretum at the Oakridge Ranger Station and learned about many species of evergreens. To round out our hike, we took the Deception Creek Trail to where it crossed the creek. We looked for more four-footed animals for our viewing, but had to settle for one four-foot snake which didn’t stay long enough to get acquainted. We engaged the many species of flowers in bloom and, even though the trail is a mass of downed timber to crawl over and under, that branch of the trip was also enjoyable.

All in all, we had a good seven miles of exercise and good fun. We were Phyllis Ford, Black Creek leader; Paula Vehrs, arboretum leader; and Wilbur Groner, Deception Creek leader.

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