Maxwell Butte

July 8, 1989

Nine Obsidians and guests left the S.E.H.S. parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and met the leader at the Santiam Junction. Soon we were on the trail under sunny skies. Acres of beargrass were in bloom all along the first 2½ miles. Hummingbirds, grosbeaks and woodpeckers were in evidence. A few patches of snow were encountered below the switchbacks up the south side of the butte. The summit offered great views from Diamond Peak to Mount Hood. Some of us lingered for quite some time on top, greeting two hikers, two horseback riders (with three dogs) and three boys and an adult. On the return trip, two hikers could not resist a dip in one of the Twin Lakes. The water was pleasantly warm. Enjoying this delightful trip were Barb Elsen, Bob Foster, Marilyn Kerins, Debbie Noel, Dave Predeek, Amy Rubin, Ethy Shaw, Suzanne Steussy, Eleanor Wilkerson and leader Ralph Nafziger.

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