Patjens Lakes Loop

July 30, 1994

The “no-show” attrition cut the sign-up list in half, but one carload survived and we headed for the High Cascades on a beautiful day. We elected to hike around the looping trail in a counter-clockwise direction. The trail was quite dusty so we spaced out to about 30 yards of interval between hikers for mutual comfort. The route winds through rather scrubby forest, providing lots of open clearings for bear grass and lupine. In some spots we found bright patches of scarlet gilia. By noon we had reached the largest of the Patjens Lakes. While we lunched there, we enjoyed a nice cool breeze coming off the water. A number of other hikers and groups mounted on horses were encountered there, and along the way, as we completed the circuit. When we reached the shore of Big Lake we took an extended breather while Helmut Plant had a swim in the refreshing water. Big Lake was teeming with water sports enthusiasts. Despite our leisurely pace, we were back in Eugene before 4:30. Enjoying the mountain air and scenery on this occasion were: Rita Johnson, Dorothy Krapes, Helmut Plant and Vernon Barkhurst, leader.


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