Castle Rock

April 27, 2003

Six of us met at the South Eugene H.S. parking lot at 7:50 for introductions and to discuss the day’s hike. April had been a much colder than average month thus far with above average precipitation as well. There was fresh snow on the higher ridge tops along the McKenzie River Valley. The day before our hike we had rain and wind. Our weather this date was cool, unsettled, and mostly cloudy as we assembled. We arrived at the Kings Castle trailhead and began hiking at 9:15. We had 2600 feet of elevation to gain over the course of the 5.7 mile trail to the peak. We arrived at the top at 12:15. The sky had cleared and there were scattered clouds: enough to block the views of the Sisters and ether peaks, but not blocking the sun. We began the hike down following the same trail at 1:00 and arrived back at the van at 3:30. The weather remained fair and rainless throughout the hike and the roundtrip drive. We saw trilliums, lady slippers, lomatiums, wood violets, and lots of mushrooms. We arrived back at the S.E.H.S. let at 4:30. Hikers were Dan Christensen, Allan Coons (leader), Fred Felter, Becky Lipton, Steve Schriver — all Obsidians — and Julie Meyer.

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