Waldo Mountain-Salmon Lakes Loop
September 11, 2005
The day before our trip was the first significantly cold day and
rain of the fall season.
In the spring when I scheduled this trip I tried to pick a date after
the mosquitoes and before the snow.
I lucked out on one of the two.
We left Eugene with clearing skies and with the temperature expected
to be in the mid 50s in the mountains.
As we hiked up the train to Waldo Mountain we passed two bow hunters
hunting for elk.
They said they had heard deer, but had not heard or seen any elk.
The storm from the previous day made the brush wet and left a light
covering of snow on the ground.
As we lunched in the sun at the lookout, which is boarded up but
appears to be in usable condition, the clouds shrouded the highest
summits but the views were still rewarding with fresh snow on the peaks.
We descended the east ridge of Waldo Mountain and took a side trip past
Elbow Lake to the Waldo Lake shoreline.
From the shore we basked in the sun with views of The Twins and
Maiden Peak across the lake.
We headed back to the car through Waldo Meadows.
The 2.5 miles listed in Sullivan’s book from the Salmon Lakes
trail to the trailhead, hikes much faster than other 2.5 mile trails.
On the way home we stopped at the Trail Head café in Oakridge for a
cup of warm tea.
The hikers included guest
Wendy Mitchell (her third Obsidian hike),
and leader Craig Renkert.