Cloverpatch Trail

June 25, 1994

Cloverpatch Trail is undoubtedly named for the three-leafed oxalis which resembles clover and covers so much of the forest floor along this trail. Our group of 14 enjoyed oxalis and many other early summer blooms, thanks to Anne’s identification and edification. The morning was cool and cloudy and the trail was in good condition, except for gregarious poison oak vines reaching into the trail to embrace our ankles. We lunched at rock outcroppings that overlook the river valley. Traveling to our trailhead, we chose to take the longer route via Hwy. 58, turning off toward Westfir, and then turning again through the quiet settlement of Hemlock and on to the east end of Rd. #5821 (North Shore Road), thus avoiding 18 miles of dusty gravel between Lowell and our destination. Parking at the trailhead was adequate for our three cars but not many more. On the return to Eugene, the Shirk car did drive the North Shore Road to Lowell, stopping midway to inspect Bannister House. Helen Smith and Mary Bridgeman have put many hours of labor into restoring this 60-plus year old Forest Service bunkhouse. Marriner was especially interested since he lived in a similar building during his early Forest Service days. We also drove the by-ways from Lowell to Pleasant Hill, passing Ken Kesey’s converted barn house and the Ridgeway Road access to Buford Park. Cloverpatch hikers were Soorya Bateman (Royal’s granddaughter), Genie Currier, Barb Elsen, Helen Liguori, Ed & Ellie Meservey, Mary Millman, Anne Montgomery, Lois Morse, Royal Murdock, Marriner Orum, Lucille Peterson, Beth Pinter and Velma Shirk, leader.

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