September 15, 2005
The purpose of this outing was twofold:
First, to explore the re-growth status of the 9-year-old Rigdon Burn
and second, to visit the seven lakes in the North Waldo drainage.
Sullivan’s Rigdon Lakes hike passes three of these lakes in an
eight-mile loop hike.
A four-mile (round trip) extension of the Rigdon Lakes hike, east down
to the Wahana Lakes Trail, was required to reach the remaining lakes.
The re-growth has been surprisingly minimal, considering that the fire
occurred in 1996.
Lots of fireweed and pearly everlasting, plus grasses in the wetter areas,
But much of the ground remains bare.
There was scattered evergreen re-growth, but none of the saplings was
more than two feet in height.
Nonetheless, the environment was beautiful in an unusual way, with the
burn covering more than 80% of the 12 miles hiked.
The lakes were also very attractive, despite all having been burned over.
All had somewhat the same appearance, yet all had unique differences in
size, shape and setting.
Only two of the lakes are off trail and only one, Whig Lake, is a bit
difficult to locate.
Our hiking group agreed that the 10-hour day required to complete this
hike was well worth their time.
Walt remarked that this had been the best hike he had been on in recent
Congratulations to Sam and Elizabeth who were participating in their
first official (fourth overall) Obsidian hike.
Hikers were members
Dan Christensen (leader),