Patterson Mountain/Lone Wolf Shelter

June 11, 2006

Our group left SEHS parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead at approximately 10:15 where we were greeted by mosquitoes.

The weather was beautiful (warm and sunny with mostly clear skies) which made the shady hike comfortable. We began in a young forest of Douglas fir and western hemlock, hiked through dense old growth, and took a brief break at the Lone Wolf Shelter. Then we continued on through the forest with glimpses of Lookout Point Reservoir, passed a grassy meadow and reached the rocky viewpoint for a leisurely lunch break. The view included the Three Sisters, Hardesty Mountain and Mt. June. The trail had recently been maintained. On our hike out, we stopped in the grassy meadow to take a closer look and enjoy the wildflowers. We returned to the cars around 1:50 and were in Eugene close to 3:00 p.m.

Still in bloom were trillium, fairy bells, woodland violets, oxalis, star Solomonís seal, iris chrysophylla, phlox, valerian, delphinium, western meadowrue and stonecrop. Just beginning to bloom were lupine, rhododendron, and red currant. Also seen were vanilla leaf, kinnikinnick and bear grass. We were fortunate to have several knowledgeable hikers who were helpful in identifying the wildflowers and trees!

Hikers were members: Julie Dorland, Margot Fetz, Bob Freed, Brian and Mary Hamilton (leader), Yuan Hopkins, Sherwood Jefferies, Margaret Prentice, Barb Revere and non-member Chuck Eyers.

Break at Lone Wolf Shelter

Lunch break at end of trail

Stop at meadow to view flowers

Hiking out

—photos by Brian Hamilton

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