McKenzie River Trail

October 9, 1982

After a chilly and rainy week, what a delight to hike under blue and sunny skies and in a green and golden forest. The McKenzie River Trail works best with a car shuttle, and we began at the turnoff to Coldwater Cove Campground (south end of Clear Lake). No views of the lake since the campground is closed and the road barricaded. The trail follows the McKenzie past Sahalie and Koosah Falls and then around Carmen Reservoir where we made lunch stop #1. The river then disappears into the diversion channel to Smith Reservoir, and the trail follows the dry riverbed to the “blue pool,” fed by underground water from Clear Lake, where we made lunch stop #2. The rest of this delightfully varied and downhill trail follows this now aboveground river to Trailbridge. No ladies’ underwear, cans of beer or pork and beans, or other exotica along this trail. Instead, a profusion of mushrooms of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Elizabeth identified some for us, but we needed a professional mycologist. The trail is in great shape and much better signed than it was a month ago. The hiking group was as congenial as the day was beautiful. They were Hal Busby, Betty Forbis, Margaret Hadaway, Harry Houchins, Hilary Hutchinson, Sandra Larsen, Elizabeth McMullen, Martha Mitchell, Lin Pierce, Bob Tracy, Ethel Weltman, Eleanor Wilkerson and leader Karen Seidel.

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