Rock Mesa

September 11, 1994

A photo exists of the Obsidians at Wickiup Plain/Rock Mesa (circa 1931). The area hasn’t changed much except the car tracks from pre-Wilderness days are very slowly being obliterated by time. We thank all Obsidians who hiked the “Pass to Pass” to save Rock Mesa in 1980, so we can still enjoy this pristine Wilderness area at the base of South Sister. It was beautiful and a wonder to behold even though low clouds covered South Sister and Le Conte Crater had a top of cloud cover. Rock Mesa is still intact!! After a slow drizzle on the way in we walked in a steady rain on the way out. Thank-you, Forest Service, for improvements on the first part of the trail. On the trail we were privileged to share conversations with F.S. personnel John Allen (McKenzie Ranger District) who had backpacked from McKenzie Pass, and Deschutes National Forest volunteers Les Joslin and Rebecca White. After leaving the trailhead we stopped at Sheep Bridge to observe spawning brown trout and an eagle in the trees and deer along the highway. On this early morning rainy day hike were Rose Seubert (non-member), Mary Ellen West and leader Vi Johnson.

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