McKenzie River Trail

June 2, 2001

Ten people signed up for the trip, and nine showed up which was pretty good considering the weather forecast called for... showers and cool temperatures. On the way up we stopped at the McKenzie Ranger Station (which is now open seven days a week until Columbus Day) and admired its architecture. We arrived at the Sahalie Falls parking lot in almost dry weather and took the trail down to Carmen Reservoir, stopping several times on the way to admire the falls. We returned on the river far shore, enjoying a few (very short) sun breaks. When we arrived at the foot bridge crossing the McKenzie we all decided to take advantage of one of those sun breaks to sit down and have lunch, but a shower shortened our lunch break. We went back to the trail going to Clear Lake and hiked on the east shore of the lake to Great Springs. When we scouted the trail we found out that the west shore was temporarily closed to protect an eagle's nest. For that reason, being unable to make the loop around the lake, we back-tracked at a somewhat faster pace, the showers getting more frequent. We got back to our cars just in time to avoid a downpour. This was a friendly group of hikers out in spite of the weather. we all thought we had a very good trip. Hikers were Genie Currier, Mary Ann & Tom Holser, Yuan Hopkins, Patty McAfee, David Roderick, Barb Sutherland and leaders Danielle Delaby & Michelle Tambellini.

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