Triangulation Peak & Boca Cave

September 27, 1997

Seven hikers showed up for this trip into the mountains. Going by way of the McKenzie and Santiam, we reached our trailhead north-east of Detroit. Rain the day before had settled any dust on the trail. We found only a few huckleberries along the way. It was somewhat cloudy in the morning, but the clouds broke around noon, and we had a beautiful view of Mt. Jefferson with a fresh winter coat of snow on the upper 3,000 ft. of the mountain. We had lunch at the site of the old lookout, first visited by the leader about 46 years ago. After a leisurely lunch break, we descended to the Boca Cave. From one area inside, the gleaming white Jeff, with a background of blue sky, neatly framed by the high entrance to the cave, makes an excellent photographic subject. Fourteen-year-old Joseph, on his first hike with the Obsidians, used his flashlight to explore the many nooks and crannies of the huge cave. The name Boca, in Spanish means “mouth” — and it does have a big mouth. Enjoying the pleasant, leisurely day in the mountains were non-members Carl & Judy Berra and Joseph McSween and Obsidians Rebecca Hansen, Rita Johnson, Velma Shirk and Norm Benton, leader.

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