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 John Cooper and Peter Asai leaders and Tyler Burgess and Chris Stockdale speed walkers.

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