Rebel Creek-Rebel Rock Loop

July 27, 1985

Our group of seven arrived at the newly built trailhead at 10 a.m. under a hot sun which was often blunted by a cover of high clouds. By 1 p.m. we were enjoying the view from the lookout. We lunched at the viewpoint at the north and wondered at the greatly reduced snowpacks on the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson. As we relaxed, up walked Helen Smith and her two dogs, Whitey and Brownie. Helen had been at the lookout for a week spending her days removing brush, cleaning out water diverters, and generally using her pulaski to good advantage. We returned to the trailhead by Rebel Rock route, reaching cars by 4 p.m.

The trail was in good shape. There is some large downed timber across the trail at the top which will require large crosscut saws. A contractor has done some treadwork on tine Rebel Rock side which is still loose, making the trip more dusty than usual. There were no mosquitoes of note, but the black flies were plentiful at the top.

The group returned in good shape, tired but happy—mostly because the strenuous hike was over. Of the group Foster, Marx and J. Casby are Obsidians.

I’m not sure what makes for a “qualifying” hike, but I’ve so described this trip because I cannot think of any standards it would not meet. I enjoyed the hike, the people and my first opportunity to lead an Obsidian trip. Those “qualifying” were Janie Beighly, Melinda Bruce, Lane and Ruth Casby, Bob Foster, Gary Marx and leader Jerry Casby.

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