Olallie Mountain

July 17, 1988

Two cancellations before the sign-up sheet was removed from the Y Bulletin Board and one by phone the morning of, left a group of eight meeting in the S.E.H.S. parking lot at 8:00 a.m. for the hike to Olallie Mountain. One couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful day — bright, bright blue, clear skies greeted us in Eugene and continued as we journeyed eastward. The view atop Olallie was magnificent, each mountain featured like a jewel on the horizon — from Mt. Hood, to Jefferson, to Three Fingered Jack, Washington, the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Diamond Peak and Mt. Thielsen poking up on the southern horizon — to name the giants. Located with the aid of a map were some of the lesser landmarks such as Pack Saddle, Twin Peaks and Maiden Peak. There were some who doubted we’d ever reach the top! as the wildflower identification pauses before we reached the trail branching to the Guard Station were many. As has often been the case at about this time of year, the early part of the trail was ablaze with white flowers in their prime — from the delicate anemone, to bunchberry, queen’s cup, vanilla leaf, and valerian, on to the more spectacular, if somewhat sparse in this initial section, bear grass! At the trail junction, the pace to the top quickened with but a slight pause to enjoy the special plants and flowers clustered near the spring and the surrounding meadow, so that all soon arrived to indulge in a leisurely lunch with plant and mountain gazing aplenty. A most congenial group enjoying a very special day in the mountains were Dan Bates, Harold Busby, Linn Crooks, Mardi Klotz, Ken Raymen, Henrietta Richmond, Karen Seidel and Lin Pierce (leader).

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