May 18, 2002
Although the Forest Service reported that the lower (Mike Kopetski) bridge was closed,
we decided to proceed with this visit to Opal Creek by following the road all the way to
Jawbone Flats, and then on up to Cedar Flats along Opal Creek (thus forgoing the planned
loop trip which would have taken us along the river to Opal Pool on one leg).
We encountered quite a bit of winter blow down above Opal Pool but this group of strong,
good humored hikers persevered and we reached our objective — at snow line —
by early afternoon, sharing the trail all the way with a friendly — but very large
— group of Salem high school students!
High overcast kept temperatures down making for very comfortable hiking conditions.
The enthusiastic trippers included Obsidians Jennifer Baer, Charles Cross, Arlene Deyo,
Patty MacAfee, Tina Rain, Marion West, Mel Zavodsky, non-member Ebony LaMar,
and leader Pete Suttmeier.