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.