Rooster Rock

June 10, 1989

We left the parking lot at 8:10 a.m. and went up the Marcola-Mohawk Valley then on to Sweet Home where we joined Hwy. 20 and drove up the North Santiam River to the trailhead across from Trout Creek Camp. This is a steep climb, gaining over 2,000 ft. to an old lookout site beside Rooster Rock. We billed it as 5 miles but found it was 6.6 miles. Our hike up was slow as we stopped to identify flowers. The rhodies and wild iris were in bloom as well as many other flowers. On top it was sunny and warm. We basked in the sun by Rooster Rock. There were many rocks to be seen to the north in this climbing area, which is called The Menagerie. To the east there were spectacular views of the mountains. Hikers were Virginia Hogden, Doreen Jones, Martha Mitchell and Eleanor Wilkerson (non-members), and Mary Millman and co-leaders Henrietta Richmond and Ardys Ringsdorf.

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