October 8, 1995
This trip was nearly “scrubbed” due to a shortage of personnel.
A hike on Fall Creek the week before had just about taken care of all who were so inclined.
At departure time there were only three of us on hand, and we started negotiating with
the group headed for the Finley Wildlife Refuge, to become part of it.
At the critical moment a fourth showed up to give us a two-car shuttle we needed, and we were on
The day was overcast and cool, ideal for hiking, as we set forth from Dolly Varden CG.
Trail conditions were good except for a few downed trees on the trail.
A trail maintenance crew with a chain saw is needed in a number of places.
It should also be noted, with appreciation, that there is ample evidence of previous work on
Many new and repaired bridges were found, and we could also see that other fallen trees had already
been cleared from the trail.
The final miracle of the day was the fact that we finished the hike just ahead of a breaking storm.
It rained all the way back to Eugene, where we arrived about 5:00 pm.
Our lucky foursome included Jim Averill, Barb Elsen, Richard Ogden and Vernon Barkhurst, leader.