Demaris Lake

September 16-17, 1989

This trip was an overnight backpack to Demaris Lake, one of the more beautiful lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. From Demaris are views of the Sisters, Broken top and the central Oregon plains to the east. The group departed promptly at 8 a.m. with Bob Foster joining the group at the last moment. After about a three-hour drive we arrived at the Pole Creek Trailhead which is about 18 miles from Sisters, Oregon. The trip in was pleasant and we stopped for lunch at Squaw. We arrived at the lake early in the afternoon and set up camp immediately as it looked a bit threatening weatherwise. Bob took off by himself for one of his multifarious expeditions. He advised we were not to worry until after 7:30 p.m. Actually, he returned before dark. Barb, Sharon and John went on a fresh water seeking expedition, John knowing a delightful place with safe water. After collecting the water we hiked further in meadows below the lake and saw several waterfalls and signs of many animals but only signs. The weather cooperated through dinner and campfire that night. After we turned in the rain started and continued much of the night. Fortunately it stopped before breakfast. After breakfast we packed up and returned to Squaw Creek where we stashed our packs. Bob, John, Barb and Sharon walked a mile or two towards Camp Lake and got some beautiful views of the Sisters. We regrouped at Squaw and hiked out uneventfully. We lunched at Soap Creek and terminated the hike at the trailhead agreeing to stop for coffee on the way home. In summary, an extremely pleasant trip in spite of the rain for Barb Elsen, Bob Foster, Trish Kocher, Sharon Ritchie and John Kocher (leader).

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