Cloverpatch Trail

January 16, 1988

We began our bitter 17,000-ft. ascent at 2 a.m. under the relentless assault of 100-mph winds and sub-zero … Oops! Wrong trip!!

We left Eugene under partly sunny skies and mild conditions at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, headed for the Cloverpatch Trailhead. A snowy access road forced we three Obsidians to park our car seven-tenths of a mile below the trailhead. thus extending our hike to a 6½-mile total. Dire weather predictions proved unfounded and, except for the drip of snow melting off the trees, we had no precipitation and even enjoyed some sun. The snow was mostly 1- to 4-inches deep on the trail, except those portions through a clear-cut where it was up to 1-foot deep. The start of our hike on the trail itself required an unforeseen cross-country detour to avoid a pond that had formed, submerging the trail for 30 yards in about 6 inches to a foot of water! Continuing on through beautiful old growth Douglas fir, we passed an enchanting creek with multiple waterfalls and (later) a lesser, intermittent fall. Switchbacking up through open, snowclad meadows with limited views cut off by low clouds, we eventually came to the clear-cut with excellent views of Lookout Point Reservoir, Eagles Rest and Hardesty Mountain. Continuing on through deep, snowy forest and over occasional logs blocking the trail, we detoured for lunch at a rocky overlook, hoping in vain for a splendid view of Diamond Peak. Continuing upwards another ¾ mile to the end of the trail at 3,200-ft. elevation, we then retraced our steps to the car. Contented Obsidian hikers were Bob Foster, Diana Tvorik and leader Michael Cooper.

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