Grasshopper Mountain

June 29, 1986

Grasshopper—The Exploration Continues! Four years ago we began the tradition of hikes on parts of the Grasshopper Trail (14 miles from Lowell Pass to Box Canyon). Most of this trail, which is on the Willamette/McKenzie Divide and the boundary of the Oakridge/Blue River Ranger Districts, has had little use by Obsidians in recent years. Since 1983, with many participants, we’ve twice hiked the four mile HiYu Ridge and the ¼ mile climb to the top of Grasshopper Mountain, viewing the Cascade Peaks. Last year the trip was routed to Grasshopper Point/Grasshopper Meadow and some clearing was done to the top of Grasshopper Mountain.

This year, with our smallest group ever on June 29 (the threatening skies in Eugene may have deterred some who singed up) we started at Box Canyon and explored two miles beyond the Chucksney turnoff to Middle Prairie, the Helispot and grassy meadows. The wide vista of the Oakridge District, the Waldo Wilderness area plus the Cascade Peaks made it a memorable day. Beautiful sunshine, clear blue skies, acres of wildflowers and the forest of hemlock, western white pine plus grouse guarding a nest and other feathered friends singing in the background made this a wonderful trip. About three miles of the trail remain to be explored … perhaps next year.

Hikers were non-Obsidians, Carolyn Kortge and Art Wild and leaders Vi Johnson and Mary Ellen West.

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