Scott Mtn. via Hand Lake Trail

September 19, 1987

It was a calm, sunny, late summer day. We began our hike near Kuitan Lake and headed southeast up the Hand Lake Trail. This trail is seldom used and is quite literally off the beaten path. After going about 3 miles, we left the Hand Lake Trail and headed up the north side of Scott Mtn. on a trail that has not been maintained since before the first time I hiked it 20 years ago. The slash marks indicating the trail location are still quite visible on the trees, but in some locations the brush has closed in and windfall trees cross the path. We passed several high cliffs, talus slopes with huge boulders and several small lakes. There are good views to the north of Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and the McKenzie Pass lava beds. We ate lunch on the Scott Mtn. summit and tarried nearly an hour before retracing our path down the mountain.

Those enjoying the day’s outing were Mike Kinyon, Sandra Larsen, Suzanne Steussy, Ann Sihler and leader, Dave Predeek.


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