Olallie Mountain

July 17, 1993

Only two of us left Eugene under grey skies. Mist started at Vida; light rain by Blue River. Over Cougar Dam and up F.S. Rd. 1993 to trailhead — and had the trail to ourselves. Wetter spring than usual; most extraordinary undergrowth and lots of flowers — this was best for flowers I have seen on this special hike I have made annually (or more) for 15 years. Spectacular: gentian, blue bell, columbine, paint brush, blooming (!) bear grass, succulents (cannot find name in my book), and more! Mist all the way to final switch backs at top and then top in an opening clearing and sun! On the top — no wind; lots of flowers; only a few birds, including one noisy crow. But clouds and rain all around us — never saw the Sisters — could only get a clear view of Pack Saddle and Little Roundtop to the southeast. Nap time, snack time and as clouds closed in time to leave. No rain on hike down — dawdled in the meadows, flowers spectacular — met some late starters coming up — and back to the car. As usual, the trip down the mountain is “different” enough to enjoy as much as trip up! Too bad the Club had a duplicate Olallie trip a few weeks earlier. I know we saw more flowers and was a special day. Margaret Bayless and trip leader Mark Perrin.

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