Oppie Dildock Pass

July 28, 1985

Over a creek, across a river, through lava beds, scrambling on sores, and down beautiful wooded paths—this hike provided it all. True to accounts we had gotten about the bugs being out, they were there to welcome us as we began from the Scott Lake Trail. We shared various kinds of repellants, and with the exception of Bob Foster who couldn’t find a repellant that worked on him, most of us were not subsequently bothered.

After a light lunch in the meadow where the Scott Trail joins the Pacific Crest Trial, some of the faster hikers went on ahead. The rest of us stopped for another light lunch at the Opoie Dildock point lookout rocks while admiring the peaks all the way up to Mt. Hood. At the pass, several decided they had enough energy to take the side trip up Collier Cone, others just made it to the Collier Glacier viewpoint, and several didn’t do either but continued on to Sunshine Camp. The meadow there was a fit subject for an impressionist’s canvas. Mostly blue lupine to the east of the creek and yellow daisy-like flowers interspersed with red paint-brush on the west side.

We split into several groups for the hike back to Frog Camp where we all assembled shortly after six, tired and dusty, but satisfied after spending a beautiful day in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Opie Dildockers were Lou Bauder, Pat Eysenbach, Bob Foster, Sue and Marv Girardeau, Mike Horowitz, Betty Macy, Jim Northrop Henrietta Richmond, Ardys Ringsdorf and leader Richard Heinzkill.

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