Rebel Rock Loop

June 30, 1990

This year’s ever popular, 6th Annual Rebel Rock Loop “Death March,” was once again a big, sunny, smash hit. Well, I’m pretty sure at least two out of our group of three thought so. It is a beautiful hike, but three other hikes on this day, all with much less mileage, probably took its toll. We left the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. with a happy weather outlook, and reached the trail junction, 5.7 miles uphill, at 12:00 noon. Instead of turning off here, traversing Rebel Mountain, and dropping down to Rebel Rock as in past years, I thought it might be interesting to go straight, and work out a cross-country to the base of Rebel Rock. It worked out great, a little longer and steeper than anticipated, but it was a nice variation. The last part was an easy 30-ft. rock climb with different colored flowers scattered over the rocks. (I’m sorry, “different colored” is as close as I came to their Latin names.) Beautiful views and warm sun produced a long lunch stop. We left Rebel Rock at 2:15 p.m. for the short climb up Rebel Mountain, then cross-country to the trail, with a view stop at the “rock outcropping.” We reached the lookout at 3:00 p.m. More uphill along the ridge to the last great panoramic view, and then of course, there’s that wonderful 4 miles of steep downhill trail to the cars. That about completes all the abuse ones body needs in one day. We had heard there were quite a few blowdowns. This turned out to be quite an understatement. First off we developed “blow-down criteria.” We only counted trees that caused us to lose stride, (time) by having to climb over or duck nder. Only a few were much of a problem, but with a total count 9 (that’s fifty-nine) it was memorable. We reached the cars at 5:30 p.m. Once again, it was a very elegant hike (oh, oh—the “E” word), made complete with great companions. Fellow log-hoppers were John Englehart, Jon Tressler, and Ed Lovegren (leader).

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