French Pete Creek

April 27, 1985

Five French Pete hikers traveled to the trailhead in Jerry’s plush van amidst the McKenzie River parade of first day fisherpersons. (Fortunately, most of the latter start out even earlier than Obsidians.) Contrary to gloomy weather forecasts, the day was warm and sunny, particularly appreciated by the two of us who attempted to cross the first tributary creek on the most unstable log and went in over our boots.

French Pete Creek was at its springtime best—high, clear, roaring over the rocks, and radiant in the sunlight. Wildflowers were also at their peak, and Lois identified dozens. The leader’s favorites (since she can’t remember the names of the others) were trillium, calypso orchids, yellow violets, and red flowering currant. The first four miles of the trail are in good shape, and only a few small patches of snow were sighted. A refreshment stop at Mom’s Pies where we shared a table with Ben Ross and Anne Montgomery completed a delightful day. Hikers were Jeanie Holmes, Jerry Maul, Susan Roe, Lois Schreiner, and leader Karen Seidel.

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