Quartzville Area

January 20, 1990

Quartzville area hike to Minniece Point and Rocky Top Road. A Friday call to the Sweet Home Ranger Station confirmed that there was no snow in the Quartzville area, that the blow-down on the road had been cleared, and Road #11 was open to Highway 22. This condition presented us with good possibilities to explore the area for a good viewpoint hiking destination. From the junction of Roads 1133 and 435 we hiked ½ mile and stumbled onto an old trail to former lookout site on Minniece Point At 4,432 ft. elevation, this prominent rock sports a wooden stairway to the top where we enjoyed lunch in the sunshine in our shirtsleeves. (Yes, this was on January 20th!) Having lots of time and sunshine left we drove back down Road 11 to Rocky Top Road. We got our exercise by doing a 4-mile round trip hike without finding a viewpoint. It was a very enjoyable day of sunshine before returning to Eugene in the fog. Joining members Bob Foster and Virginia Prouty were nonmembers Barb Case and Joe Stevenson. Leader was Wes Prouty. The views of Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood, from Minniece Point were spectacular. That’s where the snow was!

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