Southwest Hills (Bailey Hill area)

March 5, 1986

This was an exploratory trip through the Bailey Hill area. Since most of the land is privately owned by developers or ranchers, we obtained permission from the Breeden Bros. Realtors.

We met at the trailhead on the terminus of Timber Line Dr. after a caravan of five cars through town. It was a warm spring day as we took off up a game trail to an old ranch trail through the hills. Going single file most of the time, the fourteen hikers strung out through the hemlock and Douglas fir timber. At spots we left old ranch roads and picked our way through second growth timber. For the six Obsidians, it was a good chance to get acquainted with eight new hikers, some of whom need a little help on slippery grades.

After leaving the shade of a grove of venerable oak trees, we headed for the top of “Strawberry Crest”, elevation 1,082 feet (named by the leader for the wild strawberries due in June). Here in the sunshine we enjoyed a grandstand view of the Southern Willamette Valley including Fern Ridge Lake and the Coast Range, north and west.

For lunch we relaxed in the grass at the top. The three mile trip took about 2½ hours. One of the ladies had difficulty crossing a flooded brook hemmed in with blackberry vines, so one of our party, a former U.S. Marine, gallantly swept her off her slippery footing and landed her on the dry shore Marine style.

The trippers were Reintje Braunius, Ruth Bryan, Genie Currier, Leona Devine, Marion Ellis, Helen Fisher, Pat Jensen, Dorothy Hayes, Mary Millman, Phil Petre, Les Ramsey, Pat Shaw, Elaine Yost, and leader Bryant Mitchell.

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