November 30, 2003
This was scheduled to be a hike up the Kings Castle Trail to Castle Rock.
A reconnoiter the day before discovered 6 to 8 inches of snow at the 2000 foot
level and a guess of 10 inches of snow at 2,800 foot summit.
The closer and lower alternative of Goodman Creek-Ash Swale-Eagles Rest was offered.
There was far less snow at comparable elevations in the Willamette
drainage ridges compared to the McKenzie drainage.
Eight of us met at 8:00 a.m. and left in one van for the hike.
It was foggy but the air was fresh.
Goodman Creek Road is about 25 miles up Highway 58 and another 5 miles of gravel
road to the trailhead.
We left the fog behind at Lowell.
We began hiking at 9:00 a.m.
We arrived at the summit at 10:00.
Looking back toward Eugene-Springfield-Pleasant Hill we could see nothing but
fog although Marys Peak and other points of the Coast Range were visible.
Mt. June and Hardesty Mountain and other peaks, valleys, and ridges were visible
to the east and south with minimal blankets of snow above 4000 ft.
High clouds blocked views of the High Cascade peaks.
We enjoyed the fresh air and views for a while.
Since it was mid-morning, we decided to return to Ash Swale to eat lunch.
We were back to the van before noon and back to Eugene before 1:00.
and Allan Coons, leader.