Cascade-Crest Trail Overnight

June 2-3, 1984

Three doughty hitters essayed to experience the 20 miles of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail completed thus far. The experience proved to be more than bargained for.

Favorable weather smiled on us as we started hiking on the eastern edge of Oakridge. Logging and road construction interrupted our idyll soon after enjoying lunch in the meadow on top of Awbrey Mountain. A minor inconvenience turned into a pain as the afternoon wore on. A shelter cut logging operation encompassing miles of trail east of Squaw Butte had piled logs like jackstraws over the trail. As the day waned we decided to clamber up to a new parallel road in order to get to our camp destination. The road proved to not be quite parallel, and we camped on a ridge 2,000' above the intended spot. The camp was the high point of the trip. Camping with kindred outdoor folks is a never failing “up.” Dead reckoning led us in the morning on to the Bunchgrass Trail at Little Bunchgrass Meadow. From that point we walked over innumerable drifts of snow. Trail finding was not easy, but in due course we happily arrived at Big Bunchgrass Meadow; three very tired hikers: Bert Ewing, Mary Fulton, and Jerold Williams, leader.

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