Clear Lake/Waterfall Loop

September 25, 2003

Six hikers (four members and two others) met at 8:00 a.m. at the Amazon Community Center. The hikers split up into two cars and headed for the Sahalie Falls parking area. The drive was delayed twice by road work. Despite the time of year, we didn’t see many signs of fall color until we passed some lava fields as we neared our destination. We finally arrived around 10 a.m. in bright sunshine and a temperature of 52 degrees. We immediately headed upstream from Sahalie towards Clear Lake. When we got to the lake we were pleased to find that the vine maples were showing their fall colors after all. The lake itself was calm and a beautiful blue-green. Shortly after beginning our trek around the lake we passed a group of about 10 hikers from Black Butte Ranch headed the other direction. We stopped at a bench on the far side of the lake and enjoyed an amazingly clear view of the Three Sisters and Broken Top. We continued on to the lodge area where we stopped for lunch. After a refreshing break, we completed our tour of the lake and headed across the McKenzie and past Sahalie and Koosah to the reservoir. The water in the river was unusually low. We headed back upstream and arrived at our cars at about 4 p.m. to complete a very enjoyable day. Hikers were LaRee Beckley, Darcy Ellingson, Kathy Hoeg, Yuan Hopkins, Barbara Sutherland and Stewart Hoeg, leader.

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