Linton Meadows

July 25-27, 1991

Our group of ten got an early start and were soon at Devil’s Lake campground on Cascade Lakes Highway, where we left our cars. Skies cleared as we entered the Three Sisters Wilderness via Wickiup Plains trailhead and the weather remained sunny the whole trip. We headed west and then north to the Pacific Crest Trail, detouring left onto James Shelter Trail after about seven miles. Just past the shelter, we crossed Hinton Creek and camped near the springs. This spot offers camp sites, a good water source and a great view of the South Sister. Unfortunately, this year it was also well supplied with mosquitoes!

The next day, carrying only lunch and day packs, we continued north another three miles past Racetrack Meadow, Husband Lake and on to Eileen Lake, where we ate lunch and marveled at the view, the Sisters to the east, the Husband to the West and the whole meadow spread out below. Flowers were abundant and especially profuse where Linton Springs fans out after cascading down from its source high on the rock wall. We lingered awhile taking it all in, then headed back to our tents. Around the campfire that evening we celebrated a birthday and paid homage to the full moon as it flooded the meadow with sunlight. The careful observer may even have caught sight of elves dancing amid the moon beams on this magical evening.

The next morning it was an early up and out. Congratulations to our youngest hiker, 8-year-old Jeffrey, on his first ever backpack. And thanks to fellow hikers for making this a great trip: Jeffrey Eastman, Kristen Kaminski, Dot Leland, Carol Mattson, Chuck & Sandy Reul, Mike & Velma Shirk, Birgitte Williams and Leona Devine (leader).


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