Deception Butte

May 13, 1990

Although this was Mother’s Day and the weather looked less than favorable, 11 of us piled into Bob Dark’s van for the 45 minute ride to the trailhead. The hike itself is 4.3 miles from the highway (starting elevation 1500 ft.) to the top of the butte (3600 ft. elevation) for an elevation gain of 2600 ft. We enjoyed several good view points of the Deception Creek watershed, the valley west of Oakridge, and the view at the summit of the butte is of the Umpqua National Forest. This trail climbs up through old growth fir and cedar. Indian paint brush dotted the slopes reminding us that in spite of a very cold wind and absence of sunshine, warmer days are not too far off. We did limit our stay at the top to a quick lunch. The trail needs major repairs and general maintenance due to a large amount of blowdown and deadfall obstructing the passage. A mudslide washed out another part of the trail. There is limited parking (2 vehicles max) at the trailhead. A special thanks to Bob Dark for using his van to transport us there and back. A word of warning — this is tick country and precautions should be taken to avoid these little critters. My thanks to the following hikers for joining me: Robert Carrier, Bob Dark, Robert Elkus, John Engstrom, Shirley Froyd, Ellen Gonzaley, Brian Hartley, Charles and Sandy Reul, Sharon Ritchie, Martha Welches and Jerry Crosby (leader).


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