July 6, 1991
Nine hikers “from around the world” left Eugene and met the leader at the Hwy.
20-126/22 junction under crystal-clear skies.
We continued to the trailhead, where parking was at a premium.
Soon we were on the smooth and well-graded trail through deep woods.
After 1½ miles through blooming rhododendrons and vanilla leaf, we traversed beside Lake Ann
along a marked restoration area.
We paralleled Marion Creek, passing by some rock outcrops to a bridge over the stream.
A small rocky area brought us to a view of snowy Mt. Jefferson above Marion Lake.
Soon, blooming beargrass was visible, along with persistent mosquitoes!!
As we climbed further, the trees became smaller until the last switchback brought us to the summit
of Marion Mountain.
Here, our 360° view at lunch included Mt. Hood, Olallie Butte, Mt. Jefferson (about 12 miles away
“as the crow flies”), Three Fingered Jack, Middle Sister, Marion Peak, Coffin and
Bachelor Mountains, and Triangulation Peak (the big “bump” on the horizon).
On our descent, we noted jumping fish catching bugs in Marion Creek, and we returned to the
trailhead by 3:00 p.m.
As a grand finale, the leader saw a deer on the road out.
Intrepid hikers were Kathleen Bear, Barb Elsen, Jackie Fern, Diane Frank, Sharon Ritchie,
Ardys and Bryce Ringsdorf, Dendi Sherpa (from Katmandu, Nepal), Andy South (from Bristol, England),
and Ralph Nafziger (leader).