July 15, 2001
Six hikers drove up to Rosary Lakes in two cars on a pleasantly war Sunday in
July. Fragrant pine scent surrounded us as we walked along a well-traveled lined
with remnants of wildflowers. We stopped and admired all three lakes that nestle
close together on this portion of the Pacific Crest Trail near Maiden Peak.
Surprisingly, we met few other hikers on the trail. An interesting exception was
a college student who chatted with us during our leisurely lunch at North Rosary
Lake. She had begun her hike near Ashland and was en route to the Columbia
Gorge. She reported that she was faithfully journaling and completing homework
assignments to fulfill requirements for a summer environmental studies course
that required close observation of flora and fauna. After a leisurely hike back
down the trail, we visited Salt Creek Falls to extend our outing just a little
longer. The spray from the falls cooled and refreshed us as we stood on the
observation deck. First-time leader Chris Cunningham led the seven-mile hike,
and veteran hikers Yuan Hopkins, Corinne Hunt, Helen Liguori, Barbara Schomaker
and Marilyn Waff joined her.