Browder Ridge

July 24, 1993

A hint of blue in the morning sky kept us hopeful that the showers of several days now were over. The Browder Ridge Trail begins at Gate Creek; at the trailhead we were welcomed by rhododendrons in pink bloom. A short uphill section switchbacks through a grove of magnificent Douglas fir, then opens out into a meadow of waist-high ferns. The trail then alternates through forested sections and glorious meadows lupin, larkspur, columbine, bleeding heart, and two areas fragrant with thick stands of bear grass. A sharp right turn 0.5 mile before the summit has a most peculiar marker: a TP of small sticks with toilet paper attached, and its significance was missed twice in one week by the leader (on my scouting trip it was raining, we were wet, and so sure we knew the trail, didn’t think it necessary to get to the summit.) As consolation, passing the turnoff did lead us into even more spectacular wild flowers, and best of all, a thundering herd of elk. Grouse were heard at several points during the day. I have experienced the spectacular view at the swnmit — Mt. Jefferson to the Sisters. This group will not have difficulty in the future finding the summit. As we descended, clouds lifted so that we could see the peaks of Three-Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington, and the shoulders of the Sisters. Hikers included Sue Wolling, Barb Elsen, and non-members Andrea Novocki and Helen Liguori. Lynda Christiansen, leader.

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