Erma Bell Lakes

July 27, 1998

Twelve hikers in three cars left SEHS just after 8:00 a.m. under a sky of low clouds. As we drove up the Willamette Valley, the clouds soon broke into clear skies. Just after turning onto Forest Road 19 at West Fir, we spotted elk standing in the road. The group arrived at the Skookum Creek trailhead and was greeted by the Forest Service wilderness guard and her llama. We hit the trail just after 10:00 and passed the Erma Bell Lakes. The mosquitoes were out in full force and one could not stand in one place for long without being eaten. The temperature was just right for a day’s walk and just after noon we stopped at Williams Lake for lunch. We returned north via Williams Lake Trail, making a short detour around a low swampy area, and wading through the outlet of Otter Lake. Returning to the cars just after 3:00 p.m. we discovered that one of the vehicles had a flat tire. This situation was quickly remedied and we all returned safely to Eugene. The party included non-members Mary Fechner, Ellie Maliner, Lois Weinfeld, Richard Wininger, Dick & Lucy Rayle and Obsidians Hank Plant, Max Brown, Rita Johnson, Elliot Aronin, Sheila Ward and trip leader George Baitinger.

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