Howlock Trail

October 4, 1986

(Not Howlick Crater as misprinted in the Obsidian schedule.)

Each year, on the first weekend in October, I lead a hike or a climb in the Diamond Lake – Crater Lake – Mt. McLoughlin area. This is the first year that we have had snow on the trail for this annual event.

From the Diamond Lake horse corral we started up the trail (on foot) and we hit snow in about a mile. By the time we reached Thielsen camp, about 2 p.m., the snow was about a foot deep. We probably would not have made it that far had it not been for the footprints ahead of us made by a lone hiker. That lone hiker turned out to be Obsidian Ralph Nafziger who was not aware that there was to be an Obsidian trip there on that day (He probably read the misprint in the schedule).

It was a beautiful, clear, blue sky, 70 degree day and everyone ( I hope) had a good time, although some people with summer hiking boots got wet feet in the snow. Thanks to Ralph’s footprints, we made the 11 mile round trip between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Snowtrekers were Doris Allen, Sallyann Buttler, Rebecca Hansen, Lee Hatch, Steve Holland, Velma Shirk, Liz Twombly, and leader Wes Prouty.

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