Yapoah Crater

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.


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