July 29, 2006
Only one person signed up for this hike, Dick Hildreth. We left
Eugene a little before 8 and arrived at the trailhead about 9:30. The
day was clear and cool. I have led this trip many times (no, not
too many). The highway trip can be a loop, and the hike is a loop hike
as well. (Hwy 126 - Aufterheide Drive - Hwy 58.) This is the first time
I have made both loops in a clockwise direction. It’s a little longer
clockwise to the lunch spot on Chucksney Ridge. The views of the Three
Sisters and Bachelor and Diamond Peak and other peaks was spectacular —
none better with the old Cascades in the foreground.
We were too late to see a lot of wildflowers. (There are better
wildflower hikes, anyway.) There were lots of small orange butterflies,
a few small blue ones and a few swallowtails.
If no one signs up next year, I’ll take my dog, Louie.