July 16, 2004
Ten hikers made the trip to Lowder Mountain on a beautiful, warm July day.
The first half-mile of the trail goes through shady old-growth forest, after
which we made our way through a series of hillside meadows.
This part of the trip was special this year because of the abundance of wildflowers
that were in full bloom.
Thanks to the expertise of Dan and Margaret, virtually every one was identified.
Max received special recognition for spotting a small clump of gentians near
a large outcropping of rock.
A list of wildflowers identified on the hike totaled nearly 40 different species.
Once at the top, we were rewarded with excellent views of the central Cascades
from nearby Mt. Bachelor to Mt. Hood, barely visible in the distance.
We sat in the shade eating our lunch and admiring the magnificent views of the
The trip down was faster but with frequent stops to discuss and identify wildflowers.
Back at the trailhead we enjoyed slices of cold watermelon.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the spectacular wildflower show made this
a most interesting trip.
The participants included:
and trip leaders
Sharon and Jim Duncan.