Fall Creek Trail

October 31, 1993

The last day of October was not the best day of the month, nor even of the preceding week, but it wasn’t all that bad either. A rainfall in the wee hours of the morning had certainly settled the dust, but there were no more showers and we experienced little drip from the forest canopy. And, for the most part, a carpet of leaves kept the trail from being muddy. Fourteen of us started hiking at 10:20 a.m. from the Dolly Varden trailhead. On the first leg we duly noted a couple of foot bridges that need repairs. The most serious of the two is the major bridge just downstream from the Johnny Creek C.G. The absence of sections of handrail on that span poses a hazard when the planed-log footing is damp and slippery. It was near enough to lunch time when we reached Johnny Creek, so we called a halt for a repast and conversations. Mie Kaku, a U. of O. student from Japan, provided an international flavor to our discussion. By the time we reached the Bedrock C.G. a couple of our hikers had developed “flat tires” and “crossed the bridge” to wait for transport at the conclusion of the hike. The last leg was the longest and most difficult as we climbed up on the canyon wall. So, we didn’t reach our destination, Road Jct. 1828, until 3:00 p.m. All were convinced we had hiked eight miles rather than the six I had estimated the route to be. You might say it was my Halloween trick on: Chuck Bailey, Kevin Clark, Marty Hathaway, Corinne Hunt, Rita Johnson, Mie Kaku, Cori Kalez, Sandra Larsen, Mary Millman, Sig Otto, Myrna Peterson, Alys Riley, Mark Taylor and, of course, yours truly, Vernon Barkhurst, trip leader.

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