Lowder Mountain

September 17, 2005

A hardy group of seven, including five members and two non-members met a SEHS at 8:30 in cool, damp weather and headed out highway 126 toward Tidbits Mountain. Everything went according to plan until the two cars reached the beginning of Road 1509 where the group confronted a road closed sign and a locked gate eight miles from the trailhead. Fortunately all were nothing if not flexible. Within three minutes we were headed for Lowder Mountain. In about 30 minutes we arrived at our new destination. The temperature was 45 degrees and the trailhead was damp and shrouded in fog. Although the temperature was low, spirits were high as everyone attacked the new goal. The trail was very overgrown and extremely damp. By the time the summit meadow was achieved, everyone was wet and ready for lunch. Despite the clouds and fog, there were some great views of orange and red vine maple below at the foot of the cliffs; the sun even broke through the clouds during lunch. The trip down was marked by increased sunshine and a drier if still damp trail. When the cars were reached for the trip home, all agreed that the hike had been a good one and are looking forward to going to Tidbits Mountain for real next summer.

Hikers were: Anne-Marie Askew, Stewart Hoeg, Nola Nelson, Barb Revere, Nancy Whitfield and non-members Diane Krause and Sue Meyers.

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