June 29, 1985
After having led this hike via the HiYu Ridge for the last two years we opted for a change and approached the mountain via the Grasshopper Meadow from a trailhead off road 1929 on the Oakridge side of the mountain. A short 1.5 (fairly steep) mile climb brings you to a plateau from which close-up views of the Three Sisters, Bachelor, Broken Top, Washington, Diamond Peak and a few others can be savored. There was a great variety of wildflowers—some seldom seen flax and clover blossoms—in the forest and meadow along the trail.
After a brief lunch break, we started up the mountain. Knowing it has been a struggle in past years to get through the alder underbrush and find the trail, this year we came prepared with the Cecil clippers. Bob Foster did most of the work, with some help from Mary Ellen and Vi, to clear a path to the top of the mountain From the top there are excellent views of all the mountains previously mentioned plus Moolack, Maiden Peak, Fuji, and we could even see the tops of Thielsen and Bailey. The walk down was easy to find after that excellent clipping job. We had another short lunch break and then headed out across the broad expanse of meadow that leads to Grasshopper Point. Along the way there are several Spots to walk to the ridge and view Mt. Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack—we could have seen Mt. Hood if it had been a bit clearer. We stopped just as the trail entered the forest and began a downhill section. This trail continues on to Box Canyon past the Chucksney Mtn. trail turnoff—next year we’d like to try a shuttle and finish the hike along this little used but very exceptional trail.
On the way to the trailhead three beautiful deer bounded down Hwy 19 in front of the cars; then just before we reached the trailhead four more could be seen among the rhododendrons and bear grass.
Grasshopper hikers were Lou Bauder, Joan Benson, E. Harrison, Jody Johnson, Julie Johnson, Ardys Ringsdorf, Linda Wells, Eleanor Wilkerson, Jenny Wilson, Bob Foster, Gladys Grancorvitz, Henrietta Richmond and leaders Mary Ellen West and Vi Johnson.