Scott Mountain via Hand Lake Trail

August 26, 2006

Last year on the same hike in September we experienced light snowfall and rain. This year on August 26 we had sun and slightly smoky skies with temperatures above 90 in Eugene. The 5,000-acre Lake George Fire was burning just four miles northeast of Scott Mountain. across the lava flow. The area to the east of the Hand Lake Trail was restricted to entry.

We began hiking at the Hand Lake Trailhead and climbed up the north side of Scott Mountain. Some of us swam in an unnamed lake north of the summit and again in Hand Lake on our way back to the car. We enjoyed the ripe huckleberries. Blue-eyed grass and purple gentian bloomed in the meadows at Hand Lake.

Those enjoying the fine weather and great views were Dan Bates, Max Brown, Maggie Gontrum, Dick Hildreth and leader, Dave Predeek.

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