April 20, 1991
This hike was programmed and posted as an opportunity to check out one of the old growth groves
in the “Adopt a Grove” program.
Despite this “billing”, the folks who turned out did not seem to be motivated by that
They just wanted a good hike!
From prior map reconnaissance and interrogation of those familiar with the area, I knew the
Rock Creek Trail was not going to satisfy their needs.
I knew it would be too short, and it was.
In its unmaintained state, it turned into a myriad of elk trails leading from the creek to high
ground after about a mile.
In addition, as we began to climb out of the canyon, we quickly got into low hanging clouds which
reduced visibility to about 50 yards.
Hence by lunch time we had exhausted its potential and were back at the trailhead.
Following our convivial repast, we journeyed on north a few miles to Cape Perpetua.
From there we hiked for an hour on the loop trail.
Not having time to complete the loop, we turned back and returned to Eugene by 5:00 p.m.,
reasonably satisfied with our day at the coast.
The Rock Creek gang consisted of Ben Elkus, Sylvia Harvey, Corinne Hunt, Helen Lynch,
Doris and Robert Jones, Bonnie Manheim, Ardys and Bryce Ringsdorf, Rex Zimmerman
and Vernon Barkhurst (leader).