October 3, 1987
This 75° sunny, autumn day could not have been more ideal for this annual jaunt to Black Butte. Thanks to the 4 thoughtful signees who contacted the leader with regrets. The 4 “no-shows” not only missed a good trip, but demonstrated a thoughtless attitude toward the necessity for planning transportation on this or any trip. The moral: If you can’t go, let the leader know.
Many car hunters were observed visiting around their camps or hunting ( i.e. driving) along the roads with that hunter’s gleam in their eyes. Only a few distant rifle shots were heard in the morning.
This was the first time I can recall there being a person in the lookout tower on the Butte. The long, dry summer was the probable factor in having a live lookout. The major peaks from Hood south to Broken Top were readily viewed. The scars of the 1981 Black Butte fire were very apparent along the north slope near the summit. Next October, I invite you to come see the fall colors from atop Black Butte!
Hikers were Glenn Aplin, Colleen Gilbert, Bob Foster, Gladys Grancorvitz, Lynda Wells, and leader Joe Lowry.