Chucksney Mountain

September 5, 1999

Seven Obsidians and two non-members showed up as promised ready to depart for our 10.3-mile hike up Chucksney Mountain. All nine of us rode together up Hwy. 58 to the Aufderheide Drive turn-off. We stopped at Box Canyon campground on the divide between the north Fork of the Willamette and the South Fork of the McKenzie. Grasshopper Mountain Trail takes off to the west from the horse camp, and Chucksney Mountain Trail forks off heading north a short distance up the trail. We gained two-thirds of our elevation fairly steadily over the first 2½ miles. That left only 700 ft. to get to the top. Along the way we were treated to some nice views of the Sisters and Mt. Bachelor. We were delighted to find a profusion of wild flowers and a variety of butterflies as we neared the summit ridge. (The F.S. trail crew had cleared a couple score of blown down trees within a couple of days before the hike.) We had lunch on the sunny ridge of Chucksney Mountain, then hiked the rest of the loop trail to its western junction with the Grasshopper Mountain Trail, then hiked down to the trailhead. Our time for the hike and lunch was 5½ hours. We then drove back to Eugene following Aufderheide Drive north down the South Fork of the McKenzie to Hwy. 126 and completed our loop drive to Eugene. All nine of us — Page Houchens, Benton Elliott, Joe Scheibe, Steve Schriver, Gil James, Jennifer Baer, Ed Lichtenstein, Richard Heinzkill and leader Allan Coons — say Chucksney Mountain is an excellent and beautiful loop trail and the summit affords wonderful views of New Cascades and Old Cascades vistas.

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