Chucksney Mountain

July 10, 1999

Despite three different hiking trips originally available this day, this was the only one to leave town. The others were canceled due to excessive snow at higher elevations. Four other members and I left Eugene just after 8:00 a.m., drove to Westfir and up the North Fork of the Willamette River in the Box Canyon area. We started hiking about 10:15, and after slight confusion as to which was actually the trail up Chucksney Mtn., rather than down Box Canyon, we found ourselves hiking on a warm but beautiful day, with wild flowers at their peak. Of special note was that the rhododendrons and the bear grass were both blooming at the same time this year, which is usually quite rare. The trail was in good condition, as the crews had been out that week removing downed trees and making improvements on the trail bed. At an elevation of 4600 ft., the trail work came to a stop and patches of snow began to cover the trail, along with fallen logs end other debris. Just before noon at an elevation of 5200 ft., the group decided to call a stop to the climb, because the trail was no longer evident due to several feet of solid snow. We descended down the trail and stopped at a clear spot and ate our lunch in the sun. We hiked back to the trail head, reaching it just after 3:00 p.m., and returning to Eugene via the north route past Cougar Reservoir and down the McKenzie River. Hikers were Max Brown, Karen Myers, Rebecca Hansen and George Baitinger, leader.

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