Spencer Butte

April 11, 2001

The original intent was to hike to the summit of Castle Rock near McKenzie Bridge. The cool morning and light rain must have discouraged a few of those who signed up. There were six names on the sign-up sheet, but only Nola Shurtleff and leader Dave Predeek showed up. After a brief discussion, we decided on a short hike up Spencer Butte instead. The rain stopped and only a few clouds remained on the peak. At the Willamette St. parking area masses of pale yellow fawn lilies were blooming under the firs. The early spring flowering season was at its best. We also saw Calypso orchid, red flowering currant, bright yellow, lomatium, butter cup, purple shooting stars and grass widows. On top it cleared enough for us to see in most directions. The rocks at the summit were wet and slippery and we had to choose our steps carefully on the way down.

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