Trout Creek/Rooster Rock

October 13, 2001

The group gathered promptly at 8:00 a.m. under gray skies that hinted of possible sun breaks. After an hour and a half drive, we arrived at the Trout Creek trailhead on Hwy. 20, 20 miles east of Sweet Home. The group kept a steady pace uphill through ferns, green mossy trees, into Madrone, Chinquapin and open forest floor. We made it to Rooster Rock by 11:30 and took time to appreciate the huge monolith. We then scampered up to a former cabin site for the now defunct fire lookout. The view was intermittent by clouds, mist and fog. Windows of clarity showed glimpses of other rock outcrops named Rabbit Ears and Turkey Vulture. We decided after lunch and a bit of sunshine to explore the little-used trail back towards the rocks. We were back at the opening of our lunch spot to watch the mist give way to the sun. Views opened and rewarded us with views of North and South Sisters, Iron Mtn., and many interesting rock outcrops as well as the whole Santiam Valley. We headed back to the car under clear skies by 2:30 p.m. and arrived at the car at 3:45. We took the scenic Brush Creek/Marcola Rd. route back to Eugene, enjoying the foliage, conversation and beautiful day. I appreciated each hiker sharing the beauty they saw with the group, furthering all of our enjoyment of a space shared. Thanks for a fun hike - Jane Bartell, Fred Felter and Jim Fritz. Leader: Sierra Demo.

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