So. Winberry Trail to Joe's Peak

May 5, 1985

Having gathered our forces at SEHS (the group was large), we set off for Lowell to pick up Helen Smith and 2 Forest Service people who were interested on Obsidian Input on trail usage up the So. Winberry Trail. Despite mishaps enroute (gypsy moth spraying, leader’s car breaking down, and one car driving several miles beyond the trailhead) we were on the trail by 10 a.m. The highlight of the trail is a rock formation at the lower end. Currently, there is no trail to Joe’s Peak, so we scrambled up the last 200 yards or so. This would be an ideal trip in early spring: it’s rarely snow-bound and clearcutting makes the summit sunny and warm.

A new clearcut is planned on the lower end of this trail. The Forest Service was Interested in our comments on whether the trail would be used, and especially whether they should stagger the timing of cuts along the trail so that the whole trail wouldn’t be shorn at once. Any comments from members should be sent to Don Gray or Ranotta McNair, Lowell Ranger District, Lowell OR 97452.

Hikers were Ted Briles, Barbara Chinn, Bob Foster, Gladys Grancorvitz, Maxine Hall, Mert Hayman, Vi Johnson, Joan Kelgher, Susan Roe, Helen Smith, Paula Vehrs, Mary Ellen West, Jenny Wilson, and leader Judith Engle.

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