June 25, 2000
The hikers met at 8:30 a.m. We arrived at the trailhead of McQuade Creek at 10:30.
The sign-in box had a warning posted about blow down the first half mile.
The undaunted hikers departed. They weren’t kidding! The trees created an
obstacle course that lasted through the stream crossings. As we gained elevation
the blow downs lessened. Hot weather showed itself through the few openings and
we relished in the moderate canopy most of the hike, appreciating the temperature
shelter of the beautiful forest. By 1:00 p.m. we were at the McQuade Creek Shelter, now
imploded, for lunch. After a refreshing break, and a reading from Sullivan's narrative,
the group decided to continue another 1½ miles to the base of Chimney Rock.
The lookout station is no longer there, but a scramble up rock and vine maple
assures a view of the Cascade peaks. At the 6½ mile point, two hikers declined
the scamper and took a view break while the leader took the challenge for the vista.
Mountains visible were Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, the Three Sisters, Hood and
Diamond Peak. The hike down foretold of increased mercury as we descended, again
grateful for the canopy cover. We were back at the vehicle by 5:45 — 13 miles to show
for the day. We encountered coyote tracks at creek beds, found tufts of coyote fur,
as well as hearing a sage grouse call a warning. Beautiful day, wonderful hike,
great company! Hikers were Wendy Dames, Don Doerr and Sierra Demo, leader.