Opie Dilldock Pass Loop
September 6, 2003
There was last minute indecision on the leaders’ part as
to whether to switch the hike to another area away from the smoke
of the B and B complex fire near Camp Sherman.
The participants stated preference was to chance the smoke and do
the hike as planned.
We headed up to the Obsidian trail head to hike the Opie Dilldock
loop counter clockwise.
Our decision was shown to be sound when we cleared the trees on our
entry into the lava field to see there was no smoke in sight.
In fact the day was clear bright and mild.
It was soon made apparent that the two hikers were at least as fit
as the leaders so the loop via Obsidian Falls was added upping the
total miles a bit.
After a break at Sisters Spring we headed through the fields of
glittering obsidian past Sunshine meadows to tackle the austere
Opie Dilldock Pass.
There were constant changing views of the North and Middle Sisters
as we made our way to Minnie Scott Spring and lunch.
On the way out on the Scott trail the four of us popped up to
Four-in-one Cone to get a good view of the billowing smoke from the
fire off to the North East.
As we lost the open views of the meadows and lava flows of the Scott
trail we entered the woods to hear the wind whooshing through the
trees announcing the arrival of a new weather system to the area.
The weather however remained warm and clear all the way back to the car.
Total miles were 17 with the walking time just under eight hours.
The group participants were