Tire Mountain via Alpine Trail head

June 30, 1984

Our group of thirteen met at 8 a.m. with a warm, sunny sky and drove in three cars towards Oakridge. We took the Westfir cutoff and drove close to 15 miles up to the Alpine Trail head. We started at 10 a.m. There were many wildflowers in bloom along the way. We hiked through wooded areas, and then came to sunny hillside meadows sprinkled with yellow little monkey flowers (mimulus alsinoides), and pink wild scabious (knautia arvensis). Among the other flowers in bloom were Oregon cat’s ear (Calochortus tolmiei), Western Columbine (Aquilegia Formosa), Wild Strawberries (Fragaria Virginia), Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense), Common Red Paintbrush (Castilleja Miniata), Bunch Berries, Larkspur, Spreading Phlox, White Iris, just to name a few. We arrived at Tire Mountain Lookout around noon and ate lunch in the sunshine. There was actually a better view of the mountains about ¾ mile in on the beginning of the Alpine Trail, but the hike was enjoyable with the fresh air, sunshine and the tranquility of nature.

The group of hikers were Richard and Ernestine Bloomberg, Nancy Brown, Marge and John Kocher, Judith Engle, Robin Pierce, Bob Foster, Helen Lynch, Jeanie Holmes, Bryant Mitchell, Carol Wayne and leader Maureen Willison.

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