June 5, 2005
With scattered showers forecast and clouds overhead we headed toward Oakridge.
The trailhead we used is on the south side route 58 just west of the bridge that
is west of the trailer park, two miles east of Shady Dell campground.
According to Sullivan, a new trailhead off Deception creek road is scheduled
to open later this year.
We saw the survey flags marking the intersection of the new trail with the
existing trail just above the bridge crossing Deception creek.
Shortly after leaving the car it began to rain, but the forest cover sheltered
us from the direct impact; however the trail was wet with the ferns and bushes
soaking our pants.
By the middle of the trip we all had wet feet, from the water running down our
legs into our boots.
Before we got to the top, the rain stopped and patches of blue sky appeared.
By going beyond the top and down to a clearing on the east side, we could see
Oakridge, and “on a clear day” Diamond peak.
The wind was so strong and cold at the top we headed back down the trail a short
distance to the large open forested area to sit in the sun for lunch.
On the hike down in soggy boots on the wet and sometimes muddy trail, the sun
shone through the clouds making the fog and forest a beautiful sight.
In spite of being drenched and muddy below the knees and having our view limited
by the clouds, we all felt it was a pleasant hike.