Lower McKenzie River Trail
June 14, 2005
Under a rare (lately) partly sunny sky, six Obsidians boarded the #91 Lane
Transit District bus in Eugene or Springfield and traveled 50 miles to the
McKenzie River Ranger Station to begin this shady forest hike along the Lower
McKenzie River Trail.
Our hike endpoint was Belknap Hot Springs Lodge and Gardens, four miles
further up river.
We found the trail pleasantly shady, mostly dry-damp, and easy walking,
though we had to circumnavigate a major mud quagmire at a road crossing just
after Paradise Campground, and a fir tree had fallen and obscured about 30
feet of trail at about mile three.
At the lodge we had lunch, then split into smaller groups to soak in the hot
pools or wander the extensive gardens.
Helmut demonstrated Watsu, a massage technique using the resistance and buoyancy
of water combined with traditional Shiatsu massage.
Too soon we had to meet to retrace our steps back to the Ranger Station, then
board the bus to return to Eugene/Springfield.
A great time was had by all, and we each expressed satisfaction at having partaken
of the “best bargain in Lane County”—the bus ride out the
McKenzie River Valley, all for a paltry $2.50, round trip.
Mary Ann Holser,