McKenzie River Trail

September 12-13, 1987

Cloudy skies in Eugene brought on talk of rain, but by the time we had our campsites selected and our car shuttle executed, the sun was bright for the rest of the day. A fall nip in the air was a perfect complement to the brightly colored vine maple scattered among the black lava on the east bank of Clear Lake. Seven hikers enjoyed lunch near Clear Lake Resort, and later, views of Sahalie and Koosah Falls. Six camped overnight at Ice Cap, one driving back to Eugene for Sunday obligations. Another became ill overnight so only five remained for the Sunday hike to Trail Bridge. Saturday evening we were surprised by Obsidians Karen Seidel, Lin Pierce and Hal Busby who dropped in to say hello. The hike was advertised in the Register-Guard as a backpack, but who wants to do that when tents, sleeping bags, etc. can be stowed in a car at the campground? Also, car camping makes it possible to have really good food for dinner and breakfast. We were able to enjoy the many beauties of the McKenzie Trail, including three grouse, with only minimal intrusion from road traffic. Barb Elsen, Jack Ewing, Dorothy Hayes, Carrie McClish, Mary Millman, Virginia Prouty and leader Joella Ewing have 13 more miles on our hike records.

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