Rooster Rock (Trout Creek Trail)

May 6, 1995

Eight of us participated in this 6½-mile uphill walk. We took the less strenuous route to Rooster Rock, the Trout Creek Trail. The trail head, on the northern side of Hwy. 20, is well marked and is approximately ¼ of a mile east of the Trout Creek C.G. entrance. The trail is 21 miles east of Sweet Home. The route is a steady grade without switch backs for the first 2¾ miles. Elevation gain is just over 2,300 ft., with the steepest portion coming in the last half-mile before the turn-around spot. Lunch was at the bare rock knoll that had once had a base cabin for the fire lookout on top of Rooster Rock. This lunch site often has magnificent views of the South Santiam Canyon and the 200-ft. high volcanic plugs of the Menagerie Wilderness. It has the last three times I made this trip, but not this time. Adjacent Rooster Rock was barely visible due to a low overcast. Steady rain was encountered in the uphill half of the hike. We were a little early for rhodie blooms and saw only one, ’though the hillsides were covered with bushes. This was the first hike as an Obsidian for Paige Boyle. Guests were Todd Weida and Jerry & Sanny Wood, and other members included Ray Mikesell, Helen Liguori, Kevin Clark and Ben Jeffries (leader).

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