Tire Mountain

June 11, 2005

16 signed up and four called to cancel, so 12 of us met at SEHS just before 8 a.m. It was cloudy and cool. The prospect of a lovely wildflower hike overcame worries about rain, mist and muddy trails—all of which were in store for us. Chuck Evers, Anne Bonine, Barb Revere, Ken Rosenarin, Joanne Ledet, Yuan Hopkins, Ed Lichtenstein, Walt Dolliver, Nancy Lynchild, Holgen Bruns, Josh Emmons (age 12) and Allan Coons, leader, did our introductions then left for our first stop at Westfir R.S. We reached the trailhead where the Alpine Trail intersects the USFS road, put on our rain gear and set forth. This is a hike that goes through old growth forests and through one mountain meadow after another. As the exposure changes from beneath the forest canopy to openings to the east, to the south, to the west, and to the north, the variety of flowers changes. It’s like a gallery of wildflowers with one room following another, and each somewhat different from the other. Alpine Trail is a popular mountain bike route making the trail muddier and more ditch-like than it would be otherwise. We had lunch at the sight of the former lookout tower, and we cut that short because of rain. On a clear day one can see the Three Sisters from a few vistas. Those were hidden by clouds this day. The wildflowers were out and many were perhaps a week or two from peak season—of course that varies from plant to plant. I have attempted to list many of the wildflowers available for viewing on previous reports and will not repeat that list this time. We returned to Eugene and to clearing weather.

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