Larison Creek

April 3, 1999

The morning was cold and cloudy. As hikers arrived at SEHS they reported that it was snowing in the east end of Springfield. I reminded them that that was the excitement of early season hiking. As we drove past Lookout Point Dam the snow was coming down heavy and sideways. By the time we passed Oakridge things began to improve with some sun breaking through. We hiked up the trail about four miles to the bottom of a large clear-cut and ate our lunch at the base of one of the large Sugar Pines that are common to this area. Along the way we encountered Trilliums in full bloom. For most of the trip there was a dusting of snow on the trees and ground, and at times throughout the day light snow was still falling. Most of the time we had to wear our rain gear since lots of water was coming off the trees from the melting snow. Soon after we reached the cars it began to rain. So again this year, like last, we had an early season hike at Larison Creek without getting too wet. Hikers were Janet Hall, Max Brown, Ivan Vandeberg, Dana Fargerson, Maggie Gonstrum, Jane Rodd-Marks, Carol Armstrong, Mary Ann Hastings, Hal Brown, Cathy Edwards, John Zigler and George Baitinger, leader.

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