Gold Point

September 16, 2000

Barbara Bruns joined leader Gerry Roe and decided to proceed with the planned hike, in spite of the rain the night before, cloudy skies and low attendance. We drove to the trailhead and were in a misty fog as we started. The foliage was lush and varying shades of green, with many varieties of plants, fern and shrubs. The trail led us by many giant Douglas firs towering over the newer, smaller trees. We immediately began to climb out of Logan Creek Valley under and over fallen trees. At approximately the two-mile mark we came to a ridge, the beginning of which had many interesting, huge, rocky outcroppings, before we re-entered the dense forest. We saw a total of 11 grouse, many birds singing their songs, chipmunks and signs of other animals. One-half-mile from the top was a junction that connected with another road; this would be a shorter climb to the top, which we reached, to find only a few remnants of the fire lookout that had once been a forest sentinel. There was no view because of the mature trees, but we enjoyed the solitude, the arrival of the sun and our lunch. On the way out the sun shone, fog lifted from the valley and we were able to see the surrounding hills for miles. It was a lovely outing and one that we will plan again. The trip back to town was enjoyable; the trees and shrubs along Fall Creek Road were beginning to take on the vivid red, yellow and gold colors of autumn.

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