Cloverpatch Trail

April 25, 1998

Since my life has been very busy, I hadn’t been on an Obsidian hike since I led one last May. We had a beautiful day at the Cloverpatch trail with the early varieties of wild flowers in the forest and meadows. Unfortunately, the last quarter mile of the trail was blocked by a clear-cut in progress. Looking from the various viewpoints, it is quite evident that the name of the Willamette National Forest should be changed to the Willamette National Clear-cut thanks to politicians like Mark Hatfield, Bob Packwood and Les Aucoin. They certainly did a better job of representing the logging industry than representing the people of Oregon. In two and a half miles of trail, there are three clear cuts. Since it was early in the wildflower season, I encouraged the participants on this hike to return in three or four weeks to see the later varieties. We hiked cross-country a short distance to a hillside meadow for our lunch break. It was a very enjoyable group of hikers. I would like to give a special thanks to our drivers: Mary Ann Hastings, Joe Scheibe, Cathy Tilton and Heiner Wagener. Other hikers were Ann Bohman, Walt Jacobson, Jun-chin Chen, Sandy Lewis, Velma Shirk, Nola Shurtleff and trip leader Anne Montgomery.

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