Lowder Mountain

July 15, 1990

This group of eight friendly, fearless, hot weather hikers (as opposed to fair weather hikers!) left S.E.H.S. parking lot at 8 a.m., Sunday, July 15 for Lowder Mountain. About 10 a.m., the hikers departed the trailhead after a short review of wilderness area and archaeological site use and courtesies. The trail was dry and clear except for two small windfalls. The trail tread in some of the herbaceous meadows is suffering from soil deposition from the up-slope side. The wildflowers were blooming in profusion. Approximately two dozen flowering plants were identified. Evidence of bear presence was noted on the trail near the creek crossing and on the flat top of Lowder Mountain near the cliff face. A large number of Obsidian chips were noted on the east half of the flat top of Lowder Mountain. Hikers enjoyed a leisurely lunch looking out over the cliff face above the two small cirque lakes and directly at Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, the Three Sisters, Diamond Peak, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood and a cloudless sky. The return trip by auto was east past Olallie Butte Trailhead along FS route 1993 to see a closer view of the Three Sisters. There is extensive logging in this area and drivers should be alert to logging traffic. The group returned via McKenzie Bridge to Eugene about 5:30 p.m. It is this group’s opinion that this trail is more than 3 miles round trip — probably about 4.5-5 miles. Hikers were Jane and John Corliss (hike leaders), Dorinda Edgars, Uttam Guilder, Marty Hathaway, Mae Jackson, Beverly Soule and Paula Vehrs.

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