Clark Butte & Nature Trail

May 13, 2000

The original plan was to hike the Gold Point Trail; upon scouting it out the week before I found the trail closed due to endangered habitat from January through the end of July, and changed it to Clark Butte Trail, one of the many wonderful trails in the Fall Creek area. Six trusting hikers joined me for an early morning start. We found the trailhead easily, good parking area, and began the adventure. The trail started low and rambled through soma old growth forest. There was an understory of various types of fern and vine maple. We saw a variety of wild flowers along the way. After crossing two abandoned logging roads we traversed many switchbacks to reach the ridge. The ridge led us to the butte, years ago the site of a fire watch station. The elevation was 2400 ft., a gain of 1400 ft. We continued on the trail to the end, arriving at another road. We lunched there under a lightly overcast sky. It was an outand-back trip but the final half mile we followed the other part of the Nature Trail back to the parking lot. Participants enjoying the outing were non-members Pat Adams, Jim Pierce and Judy Terry. Obsidians included Barbara Bruns, Bob Huntley, Mel Zavodsky and Gerry Roe, leader. [As a side note, Lowell Ranger Station has a packet of hikes for the Lowell Ranger District. It is free for the taking and has many interesting hikes. The really nice feature is the shorter travel time to trailheads, the variety of levels of hikes. Many may be done in the rainy months and in the heat of summer they are cooler.]

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