Mystery Hike

September 22, 1991

Most Obsidians would believe a trip by Lloyd Plaisted in Roseburg would be up the North Umpqua. Wrong: it is a Mystery Trip. Have you ever heard of the Skimmerhorn Trail with Grasshopper Mountain as our destination and two nice lakes along the way? No! Well, read on. Wes and Judith picked me up and we kept going south to Canyonville, then east to Tiller. From there take the South Umpqua Road that becomes Road #28 to Road 2830 to Road 2830-600 to Skimmerhorn Trailhead about 35 miles from Tiller (Umpqua Forest Map). There is a restroom about 200' up the trail from the parking lot. The trail climbs for two miles to Buckeye Lake, passing several side trails and a sign entering the Rogue-Umpqua Wilderness. You are always in a mixed stand of trees and on a very good, shady trail with good trail signs. From Buckeye it is only about 10 minutes to Cliff Lake where you can have lunch on a camp site table. From here you can view the towering cliffs of Grasshopper Mountain, formed when the northwest face of the mountain collapsed about 6,000 years ago. Leaving Cliff Lake, we hiked about ¼ mile to Grasshopper Mountain junction. Here Judith decided to turn back to Cliff Lake. Wes and I started up and it was up all the way. Reaching the top, we broke out into the open and were thankful for the shady climb. The view was well worth the climb. Looking down from 5500' were Cliff and Buckeye Lakes and a near 360-degree view around us, with Quartz Mountain and its white dome shining in the sun. There used to be a fire lookout on top, but only the concrete piers remain. Beautiful day with perfect weather. On the trip were Judith Forell, Wes Prouty and Lloyd Plaisted (leader). P.S. — The Mystery Trip is no mystery anymore!

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