Waldo Lake

October 28, 2006

This trip was a crisp, but sunny autumn day in the mountains. We drove up 58 and Waldo Lake Rd to the Shadow Bay boat launch near the southern part of Waldo Lake. There was some icy snow on the Shadow Bay road, but we all drove through it okay. We headed clockwise around the lake on the spectacular Waldo Lake trail. There were a couple of inches of crusty snow on the trail. I felt like we were probably sneaking in the last good hike on this trail that would be possible this year. The snow got us all talking about snowshoes and skis and winter. This was a good seasonal transition hike. We hiked to the Klovdahl headgates - the lingering evidence of a failed early 20th century scheme to obtain water for Lane county from Waldo Lake. Fortunately Waldo Lake survived that threat. Now bacterial contamination of the beautiful clean water is the biggest threat. Fortunately the Forest Service is beginning to address this problem. We ate lunch in the sun on the shore of Klovdahl bay where we had a great view of almost the entire lake. Then we marched back through the crusty snow and went home better prepared for winter.

Members: Jane Allen, Zella Andreski, Walt Dolliver, Julie Dorland, Ed Durkee, Dick Hildreth, Linda Hovey, Janet Jacobsen, Bill Montgomery (leader) and Beki Ries-Montgomery. Nonmembers: Ken Augustson, Brenda Kameenui and Jim Zajac.

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