Maiden Peak

August 25, 2001

Eight of us met at 8:00 at SEHS and then headed out of town. We began on the F.S. road to Gold Lake, on the west side of Willamette Pass. You couldn't ask for a better August day than the one we were given. With temperatures in the mid 70s, we began our climb in shade of tall firs. The group divided itself into smaller conversational groups to better enjoy one of the best features of Obsidian hikes: meeting new people. We climbed steadily just over 2000 ft., on a 5.2-mile trail that once served as the supply trail for a long gone fire lookout. The upper reach of the trail is on a soft needle bed under an old stand of mountain hemlock. Huckleberry covers the ground and there were berries to pick! Only at the peak were we out in full sun, surrounded by some ancient, wind-shaped Whitebark pines. A congenial lunch was had by the wood and metal remains of the old lookout, with a clear view from Mt. Thielsen in the south to Mt. Jefferson to the north. The return included a stop in Oakridge for ice cream and coffee. Hikers were Don Payne (former Obsidian President and Chief status), Peter Dolan, Iva Stavrov (both UofO PhD candidates in mathematics), marathon runner Julie Conlon, Jim & Melody Clarkson, Ruth Romoser (also a marathoner) and leader Max Vollmer.

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