Lowder Mountain

July 23, 2003

Six hikers departed SEHS a little before 8:30 a.m. for a trip to Lowder Mountain. 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 in Eugene. 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 Rich Minkler and Kathy Lindstrom, who completed her third qualifying hike, and members Sheila Ward, Walt Dolliver, and leaders Sharon and Jim Duncan.


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