August 25, 2001
Chucksney Mountain is an Old Cascades ridge lying east of Box Canyon Guard
Station at the divide between the McKenzie and Willamette watersheds off
Aufderheide Drive. Elevation at the trailhead is 3700 ft. and the ridgetop is
5600 ft. The trail climbs and contours through old-growth to Chucksney Mountain,
which is bare of forest and affords nice views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top,
Mt. Washington and the intervening bench sloping down from the volcanic peaks.
Rain a couple of days before our hike suppressed the trail dust, and thin, high
clouds gave us moderate temperatures. We covered the 10.3 miles in about six
hours, including lunch. We completed our driving loop in a counter-clockwise
direction. We left the SEHS parking lot at 8:10 a.m. and arrived back around
4:45 p.m. Hikers were Bob Veas, Benton Elliott, Max Brown, Patty MacAfee, Steve
Schriver, Jim Fritz, Janell Castor, Joe Neal, Peter & Kitson Graham, David
Coombs, Karen Myers and Allan Coons, leader.