October 2, 1983
Four intrepid hikers rendezvoused in Idanha and set out on the forest roads
off Highway 22 toward the trailhead under leaden skies.
We walked along a road past a washout until we reached the trailhead.
The trail climbs through a thick forest past an old ‘cat’ road
and into the Coffin Mt. burn of 1966 from where we could see much of the
The trail continued upward in an open area to the summit where we found
four Chemeketans eating lunch.
The fire lookout was manned for the weekend and the lookout was keeping
an eye on two slash burns to the southeast.
Bachelor Mt. loomed in front of us, but the cloud layer prevented us from
seeing more than the base of the Cascade Peaks.
After a cool lunch and some drizzle, we headed down only to meet 9 more
Chemeketans on the way up.
Upon our return to the cars, the sun poked out for a few minutes and we were
then homeward bound.
Enjoying this delightful hike in an area not frequented by the Obsidians
were John and Pete Cecil, Judith Engle, and leader Ralph Nafziger.