Hinton Meadows

September 7-10, 2001

I was the only one who signed up for this four-day backpack. The weather was perfect and the views outstanding. Starting from Devil's Lake, we took the PCNST across Wickiup Plain, past Rock Mesa to the old Skyline Trail. We met several men, one of them holding a long plastic tube up above him. It turned out they were measuring carbon dioxide. We left the trail at Hinton Creek and followed the creek up to Hinton Meadows to find it filled with an outfitter's tents, horses and mules. They were settled in for the opening day of hunting season. After consulting the map, we hiked cross-country to a very small un-named lake with views of Middle and South Sister. It was a quiet spot to set up our camp for the next three nights. The next day we hiked up a dry Separation Creek to the Chambers Lakes area with close-up views of Middle and South Sister. There was so little snow on the mountains. On Sunday, we did a loop trip to Husband Lake, Eileen Lake and Linton Meadows. At Husband Lake, we picked huckleberries and at Eileen Lake we observed hundreds of tadpoles near the shoreline and tiny toads hopping in the mud. We took a side trip to see where Linton Springs flowed out of the rocks. It was a treat to see so much flowing water. The next day we hiked out on the dusty trail. My pervious backpacks to the Three Sisters Wilderness have been to climb. This hike provided so many opportunities to explore and relax. I even finished my book, "Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race", by Portland author John Balzar. I recommend this book, and the prepackaged dessert, "Vanilla Mousse With Dried Raspberries" and fresh huckleberries. Backpackers were Janet & John Jacobsen (leader).

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