McKenzie River Trail

August 20, 1988

We were blessed with perfect weather, beautiful scenery and companionship on this trip on Upper Mckenzie River Trail. We started in four cars, and two cars were left where trail crosses the gravel road near Trail Bridge Reservoir. We doubled up in the remaining two cars to shuttle to parking lot at clean, non-dusty Cold Water Cove Campground. We enjoyed seeing families fishing the clear blue water of Clear Lake as we hiked around part of the east side and the south side of the lake. We then followed the trail to the highway and across, then along the early part of the McKenzie River Trail between the river and the highway, finally crossing the footbridge across the rushing waters about ¼ mile above Sahalie Falls. We continued through the trees along the river for wonderful views of Sahalie, Koosah, and several lesser unnamed falls. At Carmen Reservoir the river is diverted underground, and the next three miles or so we walked along the dry streambed, which is crossed by footbridge several times. The river reemerges as a stunning blue pool in Tamolitch Valley, and here we enjoyed the view with cookies baked for the occasion. The trail goes by a lava cast tree well, and meanders through lava flows, with many views of the rushing water. One last break was enjoyed at a pleasant side stream where sore feet were immersed in the cold water. Barb Elsen treated us to a spectacle of iridescent rainbow spheres dancing across the waters, by blowing soap bubbles! McKenzie River hikers were Tim Brinton, Ann Dustrude, Barb Elsen, Gladys Grancorvitz, Sylvia Harvey, Ron Nunemaker, Virginia Prouty, Sharon Ritchie, Carol Stern, Darlene Thomasec and Bonnie Ledford (leader).

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