July 23, 2003
Six hikers departed SEHS a little before 8:30 a.m. for a trip to Lowder
The nine miles of gravel road to reach the trailhead didn't seem so bad, and
we were happy to be at some elevation on what promised to be another hot day
The trail was intermittently shady and the sunny meadows we crossed still had
a few remaining wildflowers including tiger lilies, white yarrow, subalpine
daisies, and more.
Once on top, we turned right off the trail to the viewpoint overlooking Ruth
and Karl Lakes below and were rewarded with spectacular views of all the major
Central Cascades peaks including Mt. Hood.
We ate a leisurely lunch taking in this magnificent vista and enjoying the
breeze coming up the cliff face.
On the trail down, we startled a grouse family who in turn startled us, and we
were back at the trailhead around 2:30.
On the drive home, we stopped at Finn Rock Cafe for cold drinks on the deck
overlooking the McKenzie River.
It seemed a fitting end to a very nice outing.
The congenial group included nonmembers
who completed her third qualifying hike, and members
Sharon and Jim Duncan.