Winchester Ridge Overlook

October 30, 1993

Three Obsidians and nine non-members enjoyed a sunny day in the Waldo Wilderness on this hike. Beautiful ancient forest and Gander and Swan Lakes were the main attractions of the lower portion of the trail. The overlook is very hard to find, as it is obscured by trees. Our late departure, the short autumn day and the somewhat vague location of our cross-country destination resulted in a mutiny of sorts by the time the overlook was located (which ate up about one hour of our time). Half the group decided to bail out, eating lunch on the Winchester Ridge Trail and returning to the cars for a more reasonable return (time-wise) to Eugene. The other six hikers went off cross-country to the rock outcropping which I call Winchester Ridge. Overlook views of every major peak from Broken Top to Mt. Hood were ours, plus a sweeping airplane view of the Six Lakes Basin area and a partial view of Waldo Lake. The view was stupendous and the hike to it only added about 30 minutes to the trip: well worth it! Happy hikers were Doris Allen, Peter Berkowitz, Linda Bourdeau, Mitch Cooper, John Englehart, Fred Foust, Jim Fritz, Maggie Gontraun, Jane Henderson, Leslie Hunter, Ray Mikesell and leader Michael Cooper.

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