The Twins

July 26, 1994

Only a few people signed up for this wonderful hike, possibly because it was not listed in The Register-Guard, or perhaps because of the record-breaking heat wave the week before the hike. We set off at the civilized hour of 9:00 for the trailhead on the Waldo Lake Road. The weather was perfect: somewhere in the 70's. The lower part of the trail is in pleasant hemlock forest. When we emerged from the forest there was a delightful breeze. Fortunately for the other hikers, the leader served as a decoy for the mosquitoes along the lower part of the trail, who enjoyed a feeding frenzy at her expense, despite several applications of repellent. As we started to climb the North Peak, the entire seven-mile expanse of Waldo Lake appeared below, a deep blue mirror. We enjoyed views of Charlton Lake and Charlton Butte. When we reached the top, all the Cascades were visible, as well as Davis Lake, Wickiup and Crane Prairie, very low on water. We had lunch with a great view. Then we scrambled up the South Peak where we had fabulous views of Diamond Peak and Mount Yoran behind Gold Lake, its bog bright yellow-green, and Maiden Peak and Bobby Lake. In the distance Mount Thielsen and Mount Bailey were clearly visible, as well as Mount McLoughlin. We saw what appeared to be two forest fires near Bobby Lake and on the side of Maiden Peak. We returned through the meadow between the twin peaks. After we joined the main trail, we smelled smoke for a while, probably from the Bobby Lake fire. Enjoying this delightful view hike and conversation were Obsidians Ray Jensen, Royal Murdock and Joyce Owen (leader).

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