Four-In-One Cone

September 21, 2002

Saturday, September 21, fell in the midst of a succession of clear, sunny warm days with a predicted high for the day of around 80. We met at the parking area at the Amazon Pool hoping to avoid the throngs on their way to the Eugene Celebration. We did introductions, paid the trip fee, then divided ourselves into passengers and drivers for the trip Lo the trailhead up the McKenzie Pass area to the Three Sisters Wilderness. We stopped at the McKenzie Ranger District then drove the rest of the way and arrived about 10:15. The trail starts on the level then begins to climb to the volcanic plain at the foot of North Sister. Cool temperatures had eliminated mosquitos and flies which can be a problem earlier in the summer. We hiked through lodgepole forest then into a fir-hemlock stand higher up. The trail crosses a recent flow of large volcanic rocks then goes along the north margin of the flow. The trail roughly follows the old Scott road over the McKenzie Pass, although signs of the old road are very faint. Rain earlier in the week had damped the dust, and the temperatures at this elevation remained cool. It was ideal for hiking. Around noon we arrived at the south face of Four-in-one Cone. We hiked up the cone before lunch. The wind speed increased as we climbed. On the north-south ridge of the cones the wind was blowing a gale. We guessed 35 to 45 m.p.h.: hard enough to make us walk unsteadily along the narrow ridge. No clouds could be seen. We descended over the steep trail across the loose rocks, then returned to the timber to get out of the strong wind. We arrived back at the trailhead around 3:00 p.m. and got back to Eugene around 5:15. Hikers were David Coombs, Bob Voas, Anne Bonine, Janet Jacobsen, Max Brown, Charles Durham, Dick Hildreth, Effie Neth, Barbara Bruns, Judy Terry, and Allan Coons, leader.

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