Olallie Lookout

July 22, 1990

The day dawned sunny and warm just as the forecast promised. Gone were the worries of the view being obscured, Olallie shrouded in fog or even worse, rain (last year). With telephoned cancellations (my thanks to all who called) and one hiker shifting allegiance at the last moment!, at 8 a.m. ten hikers were off from the S.E.H.S. parking lot in two vehicles. As we Helen Smith, in residence at the Olallie Guard Station, our hike was well-timed. The forest service work crew of 5 had been in just that week to clear the numerous downfalls on the early part of the trail. This year the wildflowers were further along than at comparable dates from recent years, due no doubt to our recent spate of quite warm weather. Definitely missing were the spectacular stands of flowering bear grass often seen in spots along Road #1993 and especially on the trail at the Olallie Lookout/Guard Station junction. In the woods corpus canadensis was past its prime but making up for it were several shimmering patches of the delicate pink twin flower. The orange tiger lilies too were past their peak but the Washington lilies were beautiful in their varying stages of white, gracefully aging to pink color and I don’t recall ever having seen such brilliantly fresh looking scarlet gilia both on top of the mountain and in the hillside meadow on the way to the Guard Station. We reached Olallie Lookout at noon for a leisurely lunch break with as many as possible seeking claim to a spot in the limited shade of the lookout. With no one in a rush to leave, it was reluctantly concluded that if we were to return by way of a side trip to the Guard Station, we’d best pick up and move down the trail! To Eugene in tandem at 6:15, this congenial group included Dan Bates, LaRee Beckley, Harold Busby, Carol Copley, Gerhard Hoffman, Debra Posen, Karen Seidel, Bobbye Sorrels, Birgitte Williams, and Lin Pierce (leader).


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