The Pyramids

September 16, 1989

Six Obsidians and guests drove from Eugene and met the leader at Hwy. 22. We were surprised at the number of campers on the Forest Service roads to the trailhead. We took off through a mixed Noble and Douglas Fir forest and soon had views of the cutoff between Middle and South Pyramids. The trail switchbacked to another ridge and then around the rocky knob of Middle Pyramid to a small saddle. After a short scramble, we were on the summit — site of a former lookout. We lunched with a 360-degree view of the Cascades under hazy and partly cloudy skies. The persistent cloud cap on Mt. Jefferson refused to reveal the summit. We saw the major peaks from Mt. Hood to the Sisters, along with many lesser peaks. With such views, it was difficult to leave the summit. En route down, we noticed flowers still blooming and several varieties of mushrooms on the forest floor. A small waterfall and a small lake added to the variety on this trip. Hikers were Gladys Grancorvitz, Robin Prentice, Ernie and Jane Rimerman, Richard Sundt, Betty Jean Wylie (completing her third qualifier), and leader Ralph Nafziger.

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