Four-In-One Cone

September 7, 2002

The Coburg Hills were socked in as we left clear Eugene for the Cascades, but blue sky was showing by the time we had driven up the old McKenzie Highway to the trailhead at Scott Lake. This group hiked quickly up this beautiful trail, over the lava fields to the barren pumice plateau and our lunch spot. Our view of the Sisters was somewhat obscured by low clouds, but we could see North Sister, the Collier glacier, and Little Brother. The wind picked up and more clouds started to gather, so we quickly dispensed with lunch and headed up to the Four-in-One ridge where we were again in the sun and had great views of the other high Cascades. Everyone on this hike helped make the day pleasurable. I would like to thank them for their sense of “group” hiking. Hikers were: Danny Baihuber, who drove over from Salem convinced us that this was a hike not to miss; Wayne Deeter led this quick paced group while supposedly nursing a sore ankle; Sabine Dutoit patiently named plants and flowers for those of us who keep forgetting; Maggie Gontrum, who straightened us out on which peak was which; Mary Flannigan, who had a walking stick named for her; Marilyn Kerins, who shared international trail food menus with us; Darrell and Nancy McBee, who had never experienced this narrow ridge viewpoint; Frank Miller, who found the perfect walking stick and bonded with it; Suzanne Murray, who discovered what Cascade lava is all about; Clare Tucker, who found the pocket knife Wayne had dropped; and Joanne Whitfield, who shared her pleasure of hard candy with all of us. It was the perfect trip.

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