North Umpqua Trail

April 4, 1992

Ewart and four other Obsidians met me at the Del Ray Cafe in Winchester and we headed up the North Umpqua Highway. The Panther section of the North Umpqua Trail starts at the old Steamboat Ranger Station and travels for five miles on the south side of the river to Apple Creek Bridge. We used a car shuttle back to Steamboat. The hike takes about 3½ hours, more or less, with lunch along the way. Trail conditions were very good with many flowers, moss, pristine trees and foliage, small streams crossing the trail, the usual ups and downs along the way, an osprey and its nest, and more. A lot of this interesting trip was due to Anne and her flower and foliage information. Another plus was due to Ewart and his geology expertise. As for the weather, we had a little of everything. We all enjoyed a good trip and wished more hikers could have been along with: Ewart Baldwin, Ray Jensen, Anne Montgomery, Marty Hathaway, Ben Elkus and leader Lloyd Plaisted.

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