Blair Lake

July 16, 2003

Blair Lake, northeast of Oakridge, is reached via 9+ miles of gravel roads off Salmon Creek Road. The trail begins just west of the lake and wends its way first through lovely wild flower meadows before climbing into woods. For our hike pink Spiraea densiflora bordered the meadow dotted with daisies, white orchids, and Indian paintbrush. Butterflies flitted and puddled for us as we begin the gentle climb to the ridge, and only two on the hike even noticed a mosquito. We snacked on a rocky outcropping overlooking Blair Lake, then hiked through acres of bear grass combined with tiger lilies. At the top (approximately 1,000 feet above the lake), we lunched and enjoyed the view of our favorite Cascade peaks from Jefferson to Diamond. After returning to our cars, we rendezvoused at the Lake camping area where Renn Pupke went swimming—it’s a wonderful lake for swimming. The rest of us enjoyed tea, crumpets and the butterflies. Hikers included guests: Crystal Johnson, Renn Pupke, Lucy Rayle and Karen Rayle; Obsidian members: Walt Dolliver, Jim Fritz, Ellen Johnson, Kathy Lindstrom, Joe Neal, Carol Petty, and leader Melody Clarkson.

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