Olallie Mountain

September 12, 1998

Ten hikers in three vehicles left the Thurston Park & Ride at 8:00 am. The weather was clear and mild. We all reached the trailhead at Pat Saddle shortly before 10:00. Since my last visit here two years ago the Forest Service has constructed a new parking area with lots of space well off the road. We then hiked south on Trail #3529 through the forests of the upper French Pete Creek section of the Three Sisters Wilderness. After two miles we came to the junction of Trail #4100; following it to the southwest we began our climb of Olallie Mountain. One-and-a-half miles and about an hour later we reached the open top of the Mountain. The air temperature was perfect, either in the sun or in the shade of the old lookout, which was in good shape for its years of being on this exposed summit. Despite some clouds we could see from Mt. Hood to Mt. Thielsen since the air was clear. After eating lunch, we returned to the trail junction and continued for another mile on Tr. #3529 to the remains of Olallie Guard Station. It looks about the same as seen in the photos in the Oct./Nov. 1997 Bulletin: two large trees are still standing right on the crushed remains of the station. We then retraced our path back north to Pat Saddle, arriving there about 3:00 pm, and were all back to town by 5:00. The party included Mary Fechner, Brian Wanty, Lois Weinfeld, Joe Scheire, Jim Peterson, Janet Towar, Ruthie Kanagy, Margaret & Bill Prentice and George Baitinger, leader.


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