Coffin Mountain

July 20, 1986

A sunny, warm day greeted seven Obsidians and guests who met the leader in Idanha. We caravaned to as far as we cared to drive on logging roads. The hike began on the old spur road which is now washed out and impassable. Soon we came to the trailhead and flowers. Active logging is occurring and, in one area, it has masked the trail. A new logging road has been built. After crossing this road we hiked through second growth forest, across the Coffin Mountain burn and on to the summit. Many flowers greeted us. Fauna included a large chipmunk and several hummingbirds. At the two-year old lookout we were greeted by Don Allen and a magnificent view of all the Cascades from Hood to Diamond Peak. Some hawk-watching ensued while we ate lunch on the summit. We later trekked across flowery meadows to the other end of the summit which has a solar powered radio repeater. All too soon the journey ended as we walked back to the cars.

Our group included Barb Elsen, Judith Forell, Bob Foster, Carrie McClish, Stan Morris who was visiting from Ohio, Dewey Porter, Eckhart VonBulow who was a visitor from near Hamburg, Germany, and leader Ralph Nafziger.


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