Mystery Hike

September 17, 1988

Although the schedule had listed this trip as “Mystery Mountain,” since that locale was as much of a mystery to the trip leader as to anyone else, plans were made to hike in the Umpqua Forest area, south of Glide. But with the possibility of last-minute trail closures, due to forest fires in the general area, a last-minute decision changed the destination of the hike to an area along the coast … thus making it a mystery to ALL of us! The Cummins Creek area (just south of Cape Perpetua) was designated wilderness in 1984 — and thanks to William Sullivan’s very informative new book “EXPLORING OREGON,” we have colorful and up-to-date descriptions of this, and many other relatively uncrowded trails. The weather was perfect, and the varied terrain allowed us to walk from open, sunny areas into deeply shaded old-growth forest — primarily Sitka spruce. Enough up-hill to put the leg muscles to work; lunch on top at a cleared area. The expansive views of the ocean from there were excelled only by the beauty of the old-growth giants of the return part of the loop. The stimulating, if not overly-strenuous, hike was topped off with a stop at “BJ’s” in Florence for samplings (?!?) of their over-sized ice-cream cones. Hikers were Suzanne Steussy, Robin Prentice, Norm Benton, Sharon Ritchie, Barb Elsen, Gwen Kingsley, Bob Foster, Glenn Aplin, Ray Mikesell, Tim Swallow, and leader Doris Allen.


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