Dog Creek Caves

May 1, 1993

“What a delightful group of people,” I thought as I left the parking lot after the hike. There had only been seven of us to celebrate May Day by making a pilgrimage to the rock shelter known as the Dog Creek Caves. These hardy few had not been frightened off by predictions of rain and were rewarded for their bravery. The reason I schedule this trip early in May is to see the Kalmiopsis leachiana in bloom. It is a pleasure to guide people to this area that appreciate and respect the beauty there. While the flowers were later in blooming than last year, there was enough of them in full bloom for us to enjoy. There were the usual wild interpretations of the pictographs in the rock shelter. After viewing the scenic bounty from various perspectives, most of us climbed to the summit of this huge rock outcropping to enjoy the initial phase of our lunch. One of those short mists convinced the majority that we should seek a lower lunch spot before the descent became slippery and dangerous. Lloyd Plaisted, our experienced mountaineer, gave us good counsel on that point. There were only a couple of these misty spells during our hike with no major rain except while we were in the cars. After returning to the trailhead, we drove to another interesting area: Redman’s Tooth. We hiked here for a while to explore the ridge above that rock. My entertaining companions for this trip were Denise Breen, Eric Miller, Elva Nevar, Lloyd Plaisted, Don Tucker and Muriel Willingham. Thanks to all of you for helping to make this a glorious hike. Anne Montgomery (leader).


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