Golden Lake

August 31-September 3, 1990

Four members of the group left town in mid afternoon on Friday, drove to the Cascade Lakes Highway, then left one vehicle at the South Sister/Green Lakes Trailhead. Then, after cramming everybody and everything into one car, we drove way around through Bend and Sisters and south to Three Creek Lake where we met the fifth member of our group, Susan. Every available camping site in the area was already taken, however, we rejoiced in finding the perfect campsite in an abandoned cinder quarry. The ground was hard but someone had put a lifetime supply of firewood (slash) in the old pit. Once a fire was built and coals built up, the group was treated to a full meal: hunters stew made in foil pouches and cooked in the coals of a real campfire.

On Saturday, the party broke camp and hiked from Three Creek Road to Park Meadows. This was Labor Day weekend and we experienced a lot of horse and foot traffic in the area. However, leaving the trail and hiking to Golden Lake we seemed to be off the beaten path and enjoyed the wilderness experience we were looking for. Camped in a pine thicket in the large meadows west of the lake, we were treated to viewing deer grazing at twilight near the lake’s edge. Once again we enjoyed a campfire complete with smores and popcorn.

Sunday found Becky, Susan, and Ken exploring the highlands north of Broken Top and climbing a high peak west of Tam McArthur Rim. This small group visited Rim Lake which is hidden north of Broken Top and returned to camp before dark.

On Monday we broke camp at Golden Lake and split the group, two hiked to Green Lakes and three hiked towards Broken Top. Weather on the first three days was sunny and pleasant. However on this final day skies to the west looked threatening and we saw little of the sun. The day turned out to be calm and cloudy with no precip whatever. Of the Broken Top sub-group, one summitted and two decided to wait along the way. The entire group — Amy and Ken Ball, Nancy Braun, Susan Hall and Rebecca Hansen (leader) — rendezvoused at Green Lakes then enjoyed the spectacular hike down noisy Fall Creek.


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