Mt. June

June 20, 1999

Twenty-six (!) people had signed up this year for this long (9 miles RT), steep (1868' elevation gain) hike on Father’s Day, but only 19 left, and only 17 returned. No, we didn’t lose anybody: Mary and Vicki decided to extend their siesta on top of the mountain and return to their car later (I trust it started!). Of the other seven who had signed up, two told me by phone, another in person that they couldn’t come. The remaining four didn’t show. Before we could leave seven hikers had to fill out and sign the new Release Forms, which two did under protest. We finally left at 9:15 a.m. in six cars, rendezvousing at the Texaco service station on Hwy. 58 before convoying to the trailhead. The old Forest Service sign marking the Lost Creek trailhead, missing last year, had still not been replaced. Since this isn’t really a trailhead anymore, the F.S. shouldn’t be able to charge any trailhead parking fee either. The Lowell Ranger Station had told me to expect snow and blow-down. No snow anywhere, but big blowdowns within the first mile of the trail. At one point a few logs along the trail offered a convenient resting place. Since I hike at an Alpine pace (slow but steady and no talking), I let Rich race on ahead, with several younger ones in tow. This year I decided to check out the famous wild flowers on the slope below Sawtooth Rock, and I’m glad I did. There were many more than on top of Mt. June, which seems to be about two weeks behind schedule this year. On the way up we met retired biology professor and Sierra Club member Sandy Tepfer leading his party down (although he says he doesn’t “lead” anymore, except in ballroom dancing). On the way down we encountered three mountain bikers on a 20-mile “trail run” between Hwy. 58, Mt. June and Hardesty Mountain. Good news: everyone’s car started up and we arrived in Eugene shortly before five. Mt. June summiteers were: Max Brown, Lynette Boone, Lynne Eichner, Benton Elliott, Jane Engert, Jim Fritz, Mary Holbert, Vicki Hoover Krutzikowsky, Cori Kalez, Helen Liguori, Penny McAvoy, Fred & Dorothy Munz, Sig Otto, Rich Romm, Ruth Romoser, Joe Scheibe, Judy Terry and Helmut Plant, leader.

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