Vivian Lake/Hemlock Butte

September 1, 2003

All seven of us arrived at LCC’s parking lot early and so we were actually able to depart before the scheduled departure time of 8:30 a.m. We arrived at the trailhead for Vivian Lake off highway 23 and were doing a secondary hike up Hemlock Butte by 10:00 a.m. The climb is 500 ft in about ½ mile; the last 100-ft is a scramble using hands to climb a large rocky outcrop where once a fire lookout stood. When you go up be sure to look for the route to the top of the outcrop on the right. The path continues on to a long and dangerous way to the top. The only remnant now existing is one lone steel rod sticking out of the rock. The top is fairly flat and affords 360 views, which include Diamond Peak, Mt. Yoran, and Cowhorn Mountain. It was a nice way to start the day, well worth the effort taken to add this in to our hike.

Arriving back at the trailhead to Vivian Lake we started out for it at 11:15 a.m., a distance of 3.7 miles one way. There is about a 1000 elevation gain on the way and an elevation loss of about 300-ft going into the lake. Along we way we passed picturesque Notch Lake, and many ripe huckleberries. We arrived at Vivian Lake at 12:45 p.m., ate lunch, and swam or dipped our feet into the cool waters. At 1:30 p.m. we started back to out cars where we arrived at 2:45 p.m. After a quarter hour of huckleberry picking we departed for the trip back to Eugene. We welcomed a stop at Dairy Queen for well-deserved treats and ice water in Oakridge. We arrived back at LCC at 4:30 p.m.

A good time was had by all by a very amenable group. Thanks to Judy Terry for driving a second vehicle. Hiking with us on this warm (87 degree high) Labor Day was Rod Wood, Sharon Thomas, third time guest Daphne James, Walt Dolliver, guest Craig Weinerman, Judy Terry and leader Joe Neal. Round trip driving distance was 120 miles.

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