McQuade Creek

August 11, 2001

We left the SEHS parking lot in two cars on an overcast day that promised to head up. We arrived at McQuade Creek trailhead by 11:30 and were registered and on trail by 11:45. The first mile and a half had recently been cleared, making the jaunt over two stream beds very pleasant. The group kept a brisk pace, enjoying the coolness afforded by the mostly under-canopy trail. At one o'clock we took a break. Huckleberry, salmonberry and thimbleberries complimented our snacks. We promptly polished off the remaining distance to the now imploded McQuade Creek shelter marking five miles in. After a long break with plenty of water, five hikers opted to add the last mile into the day and check the views from Chimney Peak. The rewarded hikers could see Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington and all three of the Sisters. We enjoyed the views and got to hear a group member play the native flute before heading back down to the shelter. The group then headed back down to the cars, revisiting the upper trail that was overgrown with berries, Devil's Club and other foliage - through the mixed forest with some sizable hemlock, cedars, Douglas fir and vine maples across a re-growth area to our last break point ... the creek! After soaking our toes and splashing about, the group soon arrived back at the cars. By 5:45 we were loaded up and heading back to a beautiful sunset in Eugene. Thanks to all for a most incredible day! Great pace and interesting conversation - a pleasure! Hikers were Susan Baker, Claudia Norton, Robert Mason, David Gizara, Jane Bartell, Andy Harris, Jerry Wood, Jeff Carns and Sierra Demo, leader.


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