Substitute Point

August 17, 2002

The nine of us arrived at the trailhead for Substitute Point at approximately 9:45 am on Aug 17, 2002. The trail is actually labeled Foley Ridge Trail at the trailhead. It takes one and one-half hours of driving from So. Eugene Hi parking lot to reach the trailhead. The trail begins with a moderate climb for 4.3 miles through viewless forest. Unlike when I scouted the hike in July, most of the wild flowers had dried up and the trail was very dusty. The good side of the August timing, however, was that there were very few mosquitos. At the 4.3 mi. point there is a trail junction. A sign points straight ahead to Pacific Crest Trail and back to Foley Ridge Trail head. At this point the unmarked trail to Substitute Point (old lookout) forks off for a steep .7 mi. climb to the top. This side trail is clear and well maintained. Hiking time from the car park to the top of Substitute Point is about 2 hours+ with short rest stops. The nine of us enjoyed lunch on top of the old lookout site and the spectacular views of the Three Sisters and the other Cascade peaks north and south. The hike back to the cars took a little less than 2 hours and we were back in Eugene by 5:00 pm. I would recommend this hike be done in early July (with adequate mosquito protection) to enjoy the abundant variety of wild flowers or late in September to view the fall foliage. Hikers were Max Brown, Darrell McBee, Nancy McBee, Kristen Peterson, Graham Coslett, Peter Graham, Bob Huntley, Marilyn Kerins and Don Doerr, leader.

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