August 14, 1996
“On Top of Old Smoky, All covered in dust” was the theme of our hike this warm August
Knowing there were Class III fire hazards, we stopped at the Oakridge Ranger Station and found the
Waldo Lake area was OK for hiking.
As we drove Hwy. 58 we observed a dense smoke cloud to the south-east, and on the trail we smelled
smoke as well.
The trail to Twin Peaks was ours alone on this fine weekday.
There were just four of us to enjoy the solitude of this walk through the blooming lupine.
At the top, while eating lunch, our view was limited to about three miles, and so the usual
landmarks were obscured by the smoke.
On the return, as we proceeded downwards through the very dry forest, we competed for the lead
position as all the others had to eat the dust stirred up by our boots!
Returning to Eugene at a rather early hour were non-members Margaret Prentice and Jim Fritz
and Obsidians Max Brown and Bill Prentice (leader).