Olallie Mountain

July 2, 1994

Left Eugene at SEHS park blocks at 8:15 a.m. Overcast, but blue skies to the west. Drove up McKenzie Hwy. to Cougar Reservoir cutoff and at trailhead by 10:15. Departed onto trail at 10:25. Still some run-off and water in four “streams” plus the bog in the first half mile — lots of flowers! (Your leader, not a flower person but told about cats ear, anemone, bunch berry, queen’s cup, shooting stars, Jacob’s ladder, paintbrush, orange columbine, something giha, pentstemon and others I can’t remember now!) Cool when we left; perfect when we left the meadow’s trail and turned up hill to the lookout. More bear grass than I have ever seen; and the rhodies on the trail were in bloom! At the top by 12:20, with the sun out overhead, but the Sisters were screened by low clouds. As promised, clouds cleared at 12:30 for intervals and great views of Sisters, Broken Top and Bachelor. Clear view to south, no view to north. We visited and snacked for an hour and then down. On the way, Ray pointed out an ancient fir — 9 ft. in diameter. We called that area “Ray’s Point”. To cars by 3:00 p.m. and then to home. Perfect day for Obsidians Dan Bates, Helen Liguori, Ray Mikesell and Jim Mooney. Ditto for nonmembers Jill Adrian, Lesley Mooney and Wayne Westling. Mark Perrin, leader.

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