August 26, 2000
The six of us met at SEHS parking lot and left for the trailhead at 8:00 a.m. The day was cool with scattered high clouds. We drove south off Hwy. 58 to Aufderheide Drive and arrived at the trailhead about 9:30. The trail to Chucksney Mountain is a loop trail off Grasshopper Mountain Trail and we took the fork heading north just a short distance above the trailhead. The 2,000 ft. elevation gain occurs mostly at the beginning of the hike; then the trail levels out some, then there is a little more elevation to be gained at the end. The summit is an open portion of the ridge and we enjoyed beautiful views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Bachelor and other volcanic peaks to the east and a panorama of Old Cascades peaks and drainage
& to the west. We completed the loop after lunch. The trail was in very good condition throughout. A USFS trail crew had done a good job clearing windfalls including some major blowdowns. The hike goes through old growth forest with green and fresh understory and meadows. We drove home, continuing north on Aufderheide Drive down the South Fork of the McKenzie River to Hwy. 126 then back to Eugene. Hikers were Linda Cheney, Fred Fetter, Benton Elliott, Lana Lindstrom, Ruth Romoser and leader Allan Coons.