Fall Creek Trail
November 16, 1991
Fall Creek Trail had a stronger appeal than usual on November 16 … it was the only hike
Nineteen hikers responded including Kelly McIver, a reporter for The Register-Guard.
Kelly intends to write a story about the experience.
Our group spanned a wide age range from senior Ray Mikesell to a young lass named Megan Wright.
Bob Dark’s van helped resolve the transportation problem and our three-vehicle convoy
rendezvoused with the Anselmos at the Lowell Ranger Station before proceeding to the trailhead at
Dolly Varden Campground.
After discharging our passengers, Bob Dark and I drove to a point about three miles upstream from
Bedrock Campground where we stashed Bob’s van and returned to square one in my car.
Hence, it was nearly 10 a.m. before we set off along the trail.
The weather was far from ideal but, because of the protective canopy, we were only getting a drip
from the elements.
Besides, it’s hard to detract from the fairyland-like atmosphere of that trail.
The majesty of the old growth hemlock and fir, as well as the mosses, lichens and ferns backgrounded
by the scenic and musical contribution of the creek, makes this hike a great experience even under
Consequently, morale was high when we stopped for lunch at Johnny Creek Campground.
The weather actually deteriorated as we proceeded toward our destination but smiles still
predominated as we finally trudged out to our march objective about 3 p.m. Bob’s passengers
plus all drivers piled into his van and in a relatively short time all of the following were
homeward bound: Rick & Jan Anselmo, Sheri Clark, Bob Dark, Allison Foster, Jane Hackett,
Sylvia Harvey, Corinne Hunt, Jan Jacobsen, Bonnie Ledford, Vicki Levine, Kelly McIver, Ray Mikesell,
Jeffrey Paulin, Sharon Ritchie, Birgitte Williams, Margee & Megan Wright,
and Vernon Barkhurst (leader).