Eagles’ Rest

September 4, 2006

At 9 a.m. on Labor Day, seven spirited, focused hikers powered out of SEHS parking lot in a two car caravan. The goal: summit lofty 3022' Eagles Rest in time for lunch. The two car caravan moved swiftly up highway 58 for 20 miles, then turned south on to well graded Goodman Creek Road. The natural setting was enhanced by a covey of quail (or possibly grouse) rocketing across the road in front of us. In three plus miles we arrived at the trailhead. There we made a last minute check of supplies and equipment before commencing the trek. We agreed to reconvene at Ash Swale shelter and established it as our base camp. Once there, we rested, synchronized our watches and otherwise prepared for the final assault sans oxygen. The trail was in fine condition and the heavily motivated group moved eagerly onward and upward, summitting en masse — mostly — at 11.35 hours. We lunched with a somewhat smoky view of Mt. June. A very congenial group, a very pleasant trip. The trip home was uneventful. . . Many thanks to Julie and Valeri for driving.

Members: Julie Dorland, Marc Hansen (leader), Sherwood Jefferies, Valeri Jones, Carol Petty and Beth Roy. Nonmember: Andrew Watson.

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