August 21, 1983
No—Margaret—your nightmare of a Yapoah Crater eruption, a la
Mount St. Helens, fortunately did not occur, at least not on the day we
hiked from the McKenzie Pass south to the shadow of the North Sister.
The warm, sunny, and breezy day attracted day hikers, backpackers (one heading
for the Mexican border), and a solitary bather in South Matthieu Lake.
All traces of snow had disappeared from the already very dusty Pacific Crest
trail, and with cooperation from grass seed field and slash burners who must
have taken the day off, we enjoyed clear views all the way north to Mount Hood.
A rudimentary trail now exists from the Pacific Crest trail to the top of the
crater (where we ate a leisurely lunch), so a steep do-it-your-self scramble
to the top is no longer necessary.
Yapoah hikers were Harold Busby, Cheryl Gregor, Shannon Hanson, Ralph Nafziger,
Lin Pierce, Tina Stahl (from Frankfort, Germany), Bob and Ellen Tracy,
Ethel Weltman, and Karen Seidel, leader.