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
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).