Rock Mesa

September 13, 1992

It’s always a pleasure to take the trip to Rock Mesa — that very special place. Obsidians and others hiked on the midnight “Pass to Pass” trek just 10 years ago, to save the area from the bulldozers of the mining company in the Three Sisters Wilderness. We are very pleased to report that Rock Mesa, the mass of obsidian which seems to have flowed from the base of South Sister, stands out dramatically at the edge of Wickiup Plains. At dawn on a beautiful day we drove up Willamette Pass to the Cascade Lakes Highway, on to Devils Lake parking lot, and arrived at Wickiup Plains/Rock Mesa View, after a short hike through the forest, around noon. Another short hike up La Conte Crater gave us a view of the 100-ft. deep crater with mountain hemlock abundant on the rim and northern slope. After lunch overlooking the lava flows on the south-west side of South Sister, we continued hiking around the rim of the crater before descending to the Plains. On the hike we took a detour to cross beautiful Tyee Creek, which flows from springs on the steep southwest side of Devil’s Hill. This wonderful “east-side” experience was shared by Maxine Hall, Ann Hawkins, Richard Heinzkill, Mary Ellen West, Ray Mikesell, and leader Vi Johnson.

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