Old Santiam Wagon Road
June 4, 2000
Because of snow level, the planned Canyon Creek Meadow trip was substituted
by a delightful 11-mile hike on the Old Santiam Wagon Road. The group of six
set out from the trailhead off Hwy. 20 through meadows of iris and alder,
took a side trail to see House Rock waterfall, and reached an oldgrowth
patch by about noon. Since the leader had seen a pair of spotted owls there
the week before, the group waited and was rewarded by the appearance of one
of these rare creatures, who sat in a tree quite near and appeared as curious
about us as we were about her. We had lunch on a knoll with a view of Iron Mtn.
and others and some nice madrone trees, and then headed back, encountering the
owl once more in the same area. The hike ended with a delicious pie and cobbler
feast at the Mountain House Restaurant. Obsidians on the trip were Bob Huntley,
Elliot Aronin and leader Anne Dhu McLucas;
nonmembers were Leslie & Charlie Wright and Elise Morgan.