Maxwell Butte

August 5, 1990

Eight non-members plus the trip leader ventured up Maxwell Butte on a hot sunny Sunday. We each carried at least a quart and a half of water. The trail climbed gradually through deep woods and open meadows still filled with wildflowers. We passed some large dramatic boulders and then climbed steeply near the end of the trail to the top of the butte. A fine panorama of the Oregon Cascades greeted us. Three miles away sat Three Fingered Jack. Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters were visible for the latter part of the climb. Precious little shade was to be had on top, so we bushwhacked into the tree cover and sat around talking about important matters, such as what is the best tasting cold beer. Then we trotted rapidly back down the hill to Twin Lake and took a refreshing swim. The last 2.3 miles out to the cars passed pleasantly enough. Hikers were Gerhard Hoffman, Ben Jeffries, Janet and Richard Reed, Jonathan Tressler, Ruth Simon, Chris MacNeil, Ann Hartheimer, and leader Susan Baker. Perhaps some of them will join.

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