Castle Rock

April 25, 2004

Ten people signed up for this early season hike. Temperatures were predicted to be sunny and unseasonably warm at 80 degrees. We met at SEHS and began driving at 8:15. We arrived at the King’s Castle trailhead at 9:30 and began our hike through a low elevation old growth forest across the McKenzie River from the settlement of Rainbow. We hiked close to recent clear cuts, although the trail continued to be in the forest; later we hiked through an older clear cut where the trail followed a closed logging road until it crossed the road that leads to the Castle Rock trailhead. The King’s Castle trail continued through the forest where it intersected the O’Leary trail. Our trail continued to climb and intersected the Castle Rock trail. Our path took us below castellated rock formations on the summit ridge that gives the mountain its name. The summit is 2600 feet above the trailhead. We arrived just after noon. We had some nice views of the Three Sisters and other Cascade peaks. The summit looks down (up river and down river) on the McKenzie River Valley near Blue River. The temperature had climbed to 70 or so. We then hiked back to the vehicles and returned to Eugene. We would have arrive back in Eugene by 4 had we not gone in search of pie and stopped to indulge. This was not a wildflower hike, but we did see yellow wood violets, buttercups, trillium, calypso orchids, currant, and a few other scattered flowers.

Hikers were Benton Elliott, Karen Myers, Laurie Funkhouser, Karen Rayle, Lucy Rayle, Peter Graham, Yvonne Stevens, Craig Renkert, Joe McCully, and Allan Coons, leader.

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