Alpine Ridge/Saddle Blanket
June 3, 2000
One could not have asked for a better day for hiking.
I had had three previous hikes (McDonald Forest, Drift Creek and Mary’s Peak)
with only four persons showing up, so this was a great surprise.
But this one, I guess, we were all ready for a good long hike in the mountains.
So 15 hikers showed up; the 16th showed but soon found that we
would not get back in time for an appointment, so did not go: what a shame!
Arriving at the Alpine Trailhead at 10:15, it did not take long to begin hiking.
The Forest Service had accomplished a little trail work at the beginning,
for some time in the near future there will be a mountain bike race of a hundred miles.
We had a few patches of snow to pass over, along with a few downed trees.
We arrived at our destination at about 1:00. I had hoped the Saddle Blanket
lookout tower at the top would still be standing, and it was.
We had lunch and some of us climbed the tower, which has a 360°
unobstructed show of Mts. Hood, Jefferson, Washington, Belknap, the Sisters,
Bachelor, Thielsen, Bailey, Bohemia, June, Bear, Lookout, Skinner’s Butte,
also Fall Creek Lake, Springfield and much more.
It was time to leave and so with regrets we hiked back down to the trailhead and cars,
where we enjoyed apple sparkling cider and Cheesits,
in honor of National Trails Day. None of the group had been on the trail before,
which made it all the more enjoyable. Hikers were George Baitinger,
Dan Bates, Max Brown, Barbara Bruns, Chris Christienson, Mary Fechner,
Yuan Hopkins, Mary Ann Hastings, Steve Johnson, Charles Real, Judy Terry,
Michelle Tambellini, Jan Wright, Ellen Johnson, Sandra Larsen and Rebecca Hansen, leader.