July 23, 1989
The group left Eugene at 9:30 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead, located on Forest Rd. 19 above
the Cougar Reservoir just beyond French Pete Campground, at about 10:30.
The day was mostly clear and hot.
The trip begins gradually to ascend the Rebel Creek drainage through the shade of old growth.
After several miles, a series of switchbacks take the trail up to a saddle and the junction with
the Rebel Rock Trail.
At this point, the climb is strenuous and continues that way until the lookout, with views to
About a further half-mile along the loop is a stunning view of five Cascade mountains:
Jefferson, Three Sisters and Bachelor.
Thereafter, the trail starts to descend, through a large clearing at first, then in the shade
of the forest.
The descent is steep, making the hiker glad to see the trailhead again!
The trailhead area was the object of Obsidian effort several years ago, resulting in a combining
of the Rebel Creek and Rebel Rock Trail beginnings.
The Forest Service has a sign commemorating that effort.
We reached the trailhead by 5:00 p.m. and were back in Eugene by 6:30, weary but only slightly
the worse for wear!
The hikers were Jim Casby, Marty Hathaway, Phil Postel and leader Jerry Casby.