Snow Creek (Marjorie Meadows)

August 9, 2002

Travelling in two cars driven by Ann-Marie Askew and Jen Huang, the six of us stopped briefly at the McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station, then on to Sisters. Turning right on Elm St., we continued for 14.2 mi. on Rt. 16’s paved road and another .2 mi. on its unpaved road. Parking in a lot to the left of 16, we walked a mile on a rugged dirt road westward to Snow Creek Ditch. Hiking a couple miles on the dusty, unused irrigation canal, we talked to a lone horseman where our trail intersected with 100+ mi. Metolius-Windigo National Recreation Trail. Soon after the Three Sisters appeared a few miles away briefly through the trees on this cloudless day. At the rusty watergate we delightfully traded the ditch for the creek. Several feet wide, the shimmering flow is hugged with lime-green moss all the way to its source in a cirque above mile-long Marjorie Meadows. The trail crossed the creek a few times and strayed from its sight most of the way. The shy creek tried to way-lay us from viewing its source by offering two long tiny stair-step cascades, but we campaigned our way beyond these sirens like beauty-hungry conquistadors. In the meadow Kathrine spotted a little pale green frog clinging to the bank. We passed a group of four with five lamas heading downstream. Hiking out of the meadow-floored valley, we lunched above a 12' waterfall. A chunk of snow 80' across lay over the water below the cirque. Another tiny ice field covered the source on the upper part of this hanging valley of 400' diameter. Sisters was visible 5 mi. away. Climbing over noisy scree we crossed over a ridge and down to a spring (source of Squaw Creek) that Josh had remembered in his cricket bio-research days. now a mile from the summit of Broken Top, we viewed the Cascade Range northward to Mt. Hood. We re-crossed the ridge back into Marjorie Meadows and returned to the cars. The group consisted of Ann-Marie Askew, Dick Hildreth, Jen Huang, Kathrine Huang, Joshua Ladau and leader Jim Fritz.

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