Old McKenzie Hwy./Proxy Falls

May 15, 1997

’Twas a sunny Wednesday as we hiked along the Proxy Falls loop trail enjoying trillium and calypso blossoms. At the lower falls a heavier cascade of water widened the veil; at the upper falls the pool was constant and the waterfall narrow as if waiting for the snow melt that will come later. We drove up the highway and stopped at the locked second snow gate at Alder Springs, where we had planned to begin our main hike. After crawling under, over and around the snowgate (only the leader managed to put her hand on the tar wet post!) we began the hike at 3,565 ft. After about a half mile we found some snow on the road but walked on clear pavement again around several curves; as we approached the lead-in curve to Deadhorse Grade, snow on the road suddenly increased to a depth of 3-4 ft. with no end in sight — a reminder of the heavy snowfall in the Cascades last winter. After lunch at the edge of the snow, we hiked back to the cars at Alder Springs and drove to Belknap Springs where we hiked upstream on the McKenzie River Trail to complete a qualifying hike. Hikers were member applicants Jack O’Leary and Renate Tilson, Obsidians Betty Macy, Mary Millman, Margee Wright and leader Vi Johnson.

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