May 2, 1984
The lucky number of 13 hikers in ages 7 to 73 met at the SEHS parking lot at 8 a.m. knowing the weather report was for RAIN. (Our Editor chose to believe him and stayed home.)
First stop was in Philomath at a very smoke filled restaurant which seemed to be about the only place open. However, it provided the essentials of coffee, HIS and HER rooms, etc.
After introductions at the trail head were made the slow pace was started up the many switchbacks toward the top. The sword fern were like falling water cascading down the hillside, vine maple with its shining green leaves and trilliums were our beakon to go on.
Only five were durable enough to face the gale-driven snow to go to the top. The other eight of us enjoyed the shelter of the women’s restroom (almost to the top) for lunch before retreating to the shelter of the tall trees on the trail down.
Those making the top were Dallas Cole, Bob Emmich, Jean Haines, K.C. Kraft and Naomi Prouse. The almost made-it group was Helen Aldrich, Madeline Dixon, Rose Matthews, Nedra Hannenkrat, Daniel Johnson, Doris Helikson, Frank Moore and leader Wilma Moore.