Boulder Creek

April 25, 1992

Eight of us left promptly at 8 a.m. from S.E.H.S. parking lot for the two-hour drive to the Soda Creek trailhead leading to Boulder Creek Wilderness area on the North Umpqua River. We attempted (unsuccessfully) to rendezvous with Carol Stern and Bob Foster who had driven down the night prior — but they had a different understanding of our meeting place! We climbed steadily uphill until we joined the Boulder Creek Trail at the pine bench. A welcome break was taken at a dramatic dropoff with views of monoliths and the Boulder Creek Canyon. Ben Elkus pointed out Ilahie Peak across the canyon from us. We then proceeded along the Boulder Creek Trail to its junction with the Perry Butte Trail, which we took. After another 1½ hours steeply uphill we greeted our lunch spot, 2600-ft. above the trailhead. We had a dramatic view of Mount Thielsen. After a leisurely lunch we retraced our steps. Once reaching the cars the main group headed back to Eugene while Sandy and I camped at the Scared Man Campground on Canton Creek and returned the next day. Obsidian hikers included Marty Hathaway, Ben Elkus, Gary Marx, Ben Jeffries, Karin Thompson, Sandy & Chuck Reul (leader) and non-member Kyle Merrihon.

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