McKenzie River Trail

July 11, 1990

This trip was scheduled as a 13-mile hike, but because of the hot weather and forecast of thunderstorms it was shortened to the six miles of the north end of the trail. We started at the Old Santiam Military Road, going south and along the east side of Clear Lake. We had a stop at Great Springs, the origin of Clear Lake and the McKenzie River, where some of us dipped shirts in the cold water for a cool-down. We enjoyed seeing the fish in the clear water. An osprey scolded us from her snag-top nest as we hiked close by. We found good repair of the trail north of Sahalie Falls, repaired in the 10 days after leader’s scouting trip of the trail. Lunch was enjoyed at Sahalie Falls, where there was an abundant supply of water, and a nice rainbow. Then on to Koosah Falls for more lovely views and another rainbow. The trip terminated at Carmen Reservoir, where a shuttle car awaited us. Since the trip was shorter in miles and time than had been planned, one carload opted to extend their pleasure by returning to Clear Lake and renting a boat for extra fun! A wonderful bunch of congenial hikers, adaptable to changed plans — Joseph Cassidy, Genie Currier, Barb Elsen, Jean Gillett, Mary Millman, Don Orton, Carol Stem, Gene Thaxton, Birgitte Williams and Bonnie Ledford (leader).


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