Substitute Point

June 24, 1995

The first Saturday after Summer officially began lived up to everyone’s hopes: Clear, sunny and warm! Twelve of us left for the trailhead with a planned meeting at the McKenzie Ranger Station to assess snow level. The trailhead is at 4,350 ft. with Substitute Point at 6,344 ft. The two Forest Service people had no idea of the snow level — in fact, they had never heard of Substitute Point (the trailhead is about a 15-minute drive from their station). The trailhead and first 1½ hours of the trail were free of snow, and then continuous snow at 6,000 ft. A group effort was required to look for tree blazes. At the base of Substitute Point we lost the trail. This led to a challenging hike up to the top. It was worth it: A spectacular view of the South Sister as well as the other Sisters and Mt. Jefferson. We rewarded ourselves with a long, leisurely lunch and a much easier return hike. Non-members were Todd Weida (also present on an earlier hike I led) and Max Brown. Obsidians included Marc Hansen, Bob Lemon, Anne McLucas, Sandy Poinsett, Susan Baker, Linda Prefontaine, Gary Marx and trip leaders Chuck & Sandy Reul.


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