July 29, 2006
Seven of us arrived at the trailhead shortly before noon. With
the temperature in the 60s, overcast sky, and not a mosquito in sight,
it promised to be a pleasant day for a hike. We were soon climbing
through an old growth forest of fir and hemlock. Ten minutes into the
hike, the usually indefatigable
Walt Dolliver developed leg cramps and was unable to continue.
He had not completely recovered from a recent episode of dehydration,
so he headed back to the trailhead. Along the way we snacked on some
bright red thimbleberries and huckleberries. The sun broke through the
clouds just before we reached the summit about noon. We enjoyed lunch
and the view of forested ridges and peaks to the South and West, which
included Deception Butte. We made it back to the cars to find Walt in
good spirits. The hike ended at the Oakridge Dairy Queen for snacks.
Hikers were members Debra Higbee, Marc Anthony, Walt Dolliver, Les and
Marian Brod, and Rod Wood,
leader, and soon-to-be member, Linda Hovey.