Rebel Rock Loop

June 4, 1988

We left the trailhead under clouds at 10 a.m. and followed the Rebel Creek Trail, soon crossing two Obsidian-aided bridges, thinking our thanks to Peter Cecil, now in Bend, for his energetic work with the chainsaw as he led those handrail and bridge-approach work parties. Lots of little creek tributaries higher up require fallen logs and stepping rocks and agile footwork, but wet boots are almost inevitable on this trail, even without precipitation. This was in the forecast, but came down only now and then, mostly in the form of tiny hailstones, which bounced off umbrellas and bare heads as the party pressed upward. There were numerous trees down over the trail between the bridges and Rebel Rock, requiring a bit of scrambling over or under, but this is a lovely section of trail that nothing can diminish for enjoyment — dense old growth festooned with lichen and moss, with dramatic glimpses of Rebel Creek bubbling whitely below the switchbacks. Wildflowers emerging included trillium, bleeding heart, hepatica, calypso and avalanche lilies, with flags, lupine and paintbrush getting underway on the open slopes. Occasional patches of blue sky encouraged us in the longish upward segment; after our lunch stop at the lookout cabin the cloud cover thickened and the wind grew chilly. Most of us headed down the steep trail through the “sheep meadow” and into the woods, while two retraced steps along Rebel Creek Trail. Water sound effects are a nice dividend along both trails — the music of one creek or another is with the hiker on much of the way. Reached our cars at 4:30, reunited at Mom’s to take on carbohydrates, then back to Eugene, arriving close to 7 p.m. A few stiff knees but high spirits all around accrued to: Ted Briles, Lee Hatch, Martha Mitchell, Anne Montgomery, Sharon Ritchie, Suzanne Steussy and Jack and Dallas Cole, leaders. Happy note: Recuperating after non-Obsidian-related injuries, Doris Allen and Vi Johnson drove out to the trailhead with us and explored the lower reaches of the trail, even scrambling over the first fallen tree. Congratulations and hopes for your rapid and full recoveries.

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