Oppie Dildock Pass

September 18, 1985

Hikers left Eugene under heavy clouds at 6 a.m. hoping that the prediction for clearing skies after many days of rain was true. As we drove up the old McKenzie Highway we found colorful vine maple leaves, frost on the ground and the Sun! The mountains were dazzling white in their coats of new snow and the sky was a deep blue. How could we be so lucky?

One car was left at Frog Camp for the shuttle, and we started hiking from Lava Lake campground at 9 a.m. The new snow on the trail recorded footprints of many animals including countless deer, several “cats” and some tracks resembling those of raccoons. We flushed several deer during the trip.

This 13 mile hike included numerous stops for looking, eating, visiting, and picture taking. Coming into White Branch we met two backpackers from the New England states who had spent the previous night in the snowstorm which gave us such beautiful scenery. In visiting with them Jan White found that one girl belonged to the same biking club as her brother-in-law—small world!

We were pleased to have with us Derek Sims from England and Dale Carlson, 1953-54 president of the Obsidians and his son Kevin. Others arriving at Frog Camp at 5:30 p.m. with sunburned faces were Al Niems, Herb Lee, Wilma Moore, Velma Shirk, Jan White, Gladys Grancorvitz, Virginia Prouty, & Margaret Wiese, leader.

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