Mt. Hood Area

July 14-15, 1984

We left Judith’s place at 7:01 a.m.—no need to meet at SEHS as we were the only two going. A beautiful, warm sunny day for the drive via I-5, 205, 212, 26 to the Zigzag Ranger Station at 10:02 where we were met by a Portland friend of Bonnie’s who wanted to accompany us that day.

We elected to drive the rough road to the upper trailhead of Ramona Falls rather than to park at the lower parking lot. Ramona Falls is on the Pacific Crest Trail. There were lots of people, including many children a few dogs, and 2 horses that day on the popular, beautiful trail. The falls were more than their usual magnificent sight because of the abundant run-off this summer. The noisy kids were something of a distraction at times. Besides the falls, lots of geology to look at.

Back to Zigzag about 3 p.m., and Judith and Bonnie drove on to Government Camp and up Highway 35 to Hood River, seeing much of the Hood River Valley from the highway, then turned west on I-84 and enjoyed vistas of the Columbia Gorge as we drove to our overnight camping spot at the new Wyeth Campground. That evening, explored for a short way a trail leading out of camp. Had a good night, but woke next morning to find the restrooms were locked because of a blocked sewer.

Sunday warm and sunny, and we enjoyed the hike up Eagle Creek with all its wonderful views of cascading waterfalls, magnificent cliffs, and again, lots of people on the trail.

Good drive down I-84 to 205 to I-5 and home to Eugene shortly before 8 p.m. Thanks to Judith Engle from Bonnie Ledford, leader.

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