Diamond View Lake

October 12, 1991

Leaving the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. makes this long day hike easy to accomplish. The first obstacle encountered was the Warner Creek fire east of Oakridge. Although I knew that Hwy. 58 was open, I was not able to establish how fast or slow traffic was moving. As we drove up towards Oakridge the smoke got heavier. It was unclear to the people in our car whether the fire was on the north or south side of the road. We watched the sun take on an orange halo, and finally for a short period turn into a crimson ball surrounded by a gray sky. Although traffic was a little slower than normal we made good time to the west end of Odell Lake where we dropped Velma’s car and managed to squeeze into Barbara’s vehicle for the 20-minute ride to the Whitefish horse camp ground and the start of the hike. We were on the trail by 9:30 and with the exception of one brief period when we could see a high bank of smoke, had clear skies and a good view of Diamond Peak from our lunch spot at the lake. From the lake the trail follows along Trapper Creek to within a mile of the Mt. Yoran Trailhead and the end of the trip. We completed our shuttle and were on our way back to Eugene by 4:00 p.m. This was a great Fall hike for Barb Elsen, Sylvia Harvey, Chuck & Sandy Reul, Velma Shirk and Jane Hackett, leader.

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