Canyon Creek Meadows

July 17, 1994

There were several names on the waiting list for this popular wilderness hike. The leader was able to persuade Ed Lichtenstein to be a “second leader”, leaving half an hour later. So all the lucky people signed up were able to go. The first group set out at 8:00 in three cars; the second group at 8:30 in one car. The weather was perfection: warm and sunny, but not too hot. The gravel road to the Jack Lake Trailhead was in good shape. When we reached the lower meadow the view was incredible! The meadow was a riot of fragrant blue lupine and red paintbrush, with lively Canyon Creek providing music and a light show. Craggy glacier-strewn Three Fingered Jack was the backdrop for this multimedia event. We continued to the upper meadow, where we had lunch with a view. Then we climbed to the viewpoint overlooking the ice-filled cirque. We could just see the top of Mount Jefferson. There was a snow field remaining on the slope, but we went around it. Several hardy souls in the first group, and all four in the second group, climbed up to the ridge, where the view was even better! We returned to the fabulous lower meadow, and then followed the trail along Canyon Creek, past the beaver trees to the waterfalls. After admiring the falls, we returned to the cars. We drove to the head of Jack Creek for a short, enjoyable walk around these lush springs. This area is much like the head of the Metolius, but without the crowds and the chain-link fence! Highly recommended. This trip had absolutely everything you could wish for: perfect weather, mountain views, wildflower meadows, ice-filled lake, rushing creek, waterfalls, and giant springs. The fortunate participants were — First group: Obsidians Joyce Owen (trip leader), Sue Girardeau, Marty Hathaway, Genie Currier and Ray Jensen and non-members Jan Spencer, Brigitte Cross, Valdas Anelauskas, Joanne Ledet and Anne & Mary Turner. Second group: Obsidians Ed Lichtenstein (leader), Linda Prefontaine, and Ann Dhu McLucas and non-member Mel Zavodsky. Drivers were Joyce, Brigitte, Ray and Ed. Special thanks to Ed for generously agreeing to lead the second group!

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