Macduff Mountain

October 2, 2004

We couldn’t have asked for a lovelier fall day to hike the O’Leary trail to the plaque placed in 1931 by the Obsidians to commemorate Nelson Macduff, superintendent of what was then called the Cascade National Forest. Four of us met at the SEHS parking lot at 9:00, where we enthusiastically read three Macduff trip accounts from the 1980’s that were brought by Janet Jacobsen. Back then, finding the route was difficult due to overgrown trails, and in two accounts they never even made it to the plaque! The hike, which is very steep for the first hour, took three hours. This included a 15 minute break in a grassy meadow. The views of the Cascades stretched from Mt. Jefferson to Diamond Peak. We decided to take the road at the halfway mark coming back to save our knees from the steep trail. The return trip only took two hours. The only negative of the trip was the pile of poop and toilet paper left right on the trail by the hunters we saw leaving in their pick-ups. They told us they “scared up a bear,” which luckily we never encountered. Hikers were non-member Dave Norregaard and Obsidians Janet Jacobsen, Tom Woxell, and leader Peggy Lee Mathes.

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