Clear Lake

September 9, 1997

The hot, muggy, overcast weather would have made poor hiking conditions for a mountain climb but did not detract from the beauty of Clear Lake. As the three of us slowly walked around this special lake, we saw seven snakes, several ground squirrels, an osprey and watched a cute, ratty-looking pika for a few minutes as he recarpeted his house then pulled his door shut. The vine maples were starting to turn red and the bushes were still laden with berries. We saw a man and his reflection fishing in a boat which was an image straight out of a Winslow Homer painting. As we stopped to eat lunch, the beautiful, clear, very still emerald pool proved too much for Erin, who dunked into the icy headwaters of the McKenzie. At two o’clock the clouds burnt off and we had a view of the tops of North and Middle Sisters. On our way home we stopped to see Sahalie and Koosah Falls. This hike was especially good due to the enthusiasm of a couple of nature lovers experiencing Clear Lake for the first time. My thanks to non-members Christopher Swain and Erin Cochrane. Margee Wright, leader.


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