Green Lake via Pole Creek
September 1, 1984
For several years the trail between Pole Creek and Green Lakes has intrigued the ‘leader’ of this trio. Hal Busby and Lin Pierce were conned into making the trip a reality. They (Hal & Lin) left Eugene at 6 a.m. for the Fall Creek trailhead via Hwy 58 and Century Drive and started hiking in a very cool morning at 8:45. Lunch was at noon on the “ridge” above Green Lakes and between Broken Top and South Sister. The south-bound group was encountered just above Park Meadow (9 miles from the Fall creek trailhead). The northbound group arrived at Pole Creek trailhead at 4:30 and back in Eugene via McKenzie Pass and Hwy 126 by 7:30 p.m.
The other end of the group (Ruth & Wayne) left Eugene at 7 a.m. for the Pole Creek trailhead via McKenzie Pass, (we should have left at 6 a.m.) and arrived at the trailhead at 9:30. Several glimpses of the Sisters were provided on the trail from Pole Creek to Park Meadow (5¾ miles). Lunch was at 1 p.m. in the huge Park Meadow with Broken Top right on top of us to the south. It’s a long haul from the Meadow to the top above Green Lakes but the flowers and the views of North and Middle Sister to the right, Broken Top to the left and behind and South Sister directly in front make one take a leisurely pace. It was 6 p.m. when we arrived at the Fall Creek trailhead and 8:45 when we arrived in Eugene.
Highlights of the trip were Park Meadow (it is a park), Broken Top (very close), flowers (paintbrush, penstemon, gentian, pussy paws, shooting stars and more), the Three Sisters (many views), Green Lakes (they really are green), and Fall Creek (it really does fall). Time for the hike was eight hours and the distance is 14.7 miles.
Those making the trip south to north were Hal Busby, Lin Pierce, Bob Foster and Gary Max; going north to south were Paula Vehrs, Audrey Cummings, Ruth and Wayne Lill, leader.