Larison Rock

March 12, 2005

It was shorts and t-shirts for this 2½ hour hike up to Larison Rock. The high in Eugene was 69 degrees. The trail began at Green Waters Park just outside of Oakridge. Walking through forests of Douglas-fir and western hemlock, we enjoyed the sprinkling of wildflowers along the trail. The trail was in excellent shape with evidence of recent trail maintenance. We heard a grouse but never saw the elusive bird. The upper portion of the trial (0.3 mile) had an abundance of rhododendron with buds. We wondered how long it would take to bloom. It is always a relief to see the rock appearing in the trees. We scrambled up to the top for a leisurely lunch in the sun. Oregon grape was in bloom. We were the only ones taking advantage of the rock and views of the lower hills. We tried to figure out which one was Deception Butte. Craig will be leading a hike to Deception Butte on June 5th. We didn’t see any mountains since trees have obscured the views to the east and southeast. The trail is closed to mountain bikes from November through March. For those that want a shorter hike, there is a paved road to the upper trailhead. We all enjoyed the warm weather and a pleasant hike.

Participants were Ann Marie Askew, Barbara Boylan, Wayne Deeter, Janet Jacobsen (leader), John Jacobsen Jacobsen, and Craig Renkert.

King of Larison Rock - Wayne.

Barbara, Janet, Craig, Ann and Wayne - on the top.

Oregon grape.

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