Mt. June (via Lost Creek)
June 16, 1998
Thirteen people had signed up for this long (eight miles RT), steep (1868-ft. elevation gain)
hike on a weekday.
We left at 9:30 a.m. in one van, two cars and a pickup (whose driver wasn’t going to
return to Eugene after the hike).
We set out at 10:15; the old Forest Service sign marking the Lost Creek trailhead was gone,
with only a few rocks and fresh dirt marking the spot where it had stood.
A plastic ribbon hanging from a branch said “Lost Creek Trail 2.5 miles”,
presumably to the intersection with the Sawtooth Trail (Sullivan says 1.9 miles).
Finally on top the wildflowers (which included a white penstemon) were no disappointment;
even some snow-covered mountainsides were visible in the east, with their tops hidden in clouds.
After a couple of group pictures we left at 13:15, split in two: Dan Bates and everyone except Sylvia,
Sandra and me went ahead to visit the base of Sawtooth Rock, while we three headed back to
the cars at a more leisurely pace, arriving there at 15:35.
An amazingly short time later the Sawtooth Rock group showed up too.
After waiting for everyone’s car to start up, I brought up the rear again,
arriving in Eugene about a quarter after five.
Hikers were Brenda Andrew, Dan Bates (leader of Sawtooth Rock expedition), Eun Hee Chon,
James & Melody Clarkson, Sylvia Giustina, Sandra Larsen, Jack O’Leary, David Roderick,
Tze-lan Sang, Joe Scheibe, Art Skach, Jan Smyth and Helmut Plant (trip leader).