Skinner & Gillespie Buttes

November 18, 2006

Nineteen people showed up for the first “winter hike” on the schedule. We met at the Campbell Senior Center parking lot and then hiked up the gravel trail to east end of Skinner Butte at 682 feet. The fog never lifted to show off the panoramic views. The butte was known as “Ya-Po-Ah” that means high place in the language of the Kalapuya. It was used for ceremonial dances. We took note of the giant O emblem representing the U of O, the base of the old wooden cross that was on the butte from 1939–1964, and the flagpole. From the west end of the Butte, we headed down past “The Columns” to the marker designating the site of Eugene Skinner’s cabin. Dave Predeek told us only the north side near “The Columns” has native grasses that were so prevalent on the butte until residents planted trees. We then walked through the RiverPlay Discovery Village on our way to the bike path. Since the next two restrooms were locked, we walked a bit faster to Valley River Center. It was a short walk past Willagillespie School and up Clinton Drive to Gillespie Butte where we paused to look at the monuments in the cemetery. The fog was even thicker so instead of enjoying the views of Skinner and Spencer Butte, we walked through the magnificent grove of white oaks. Margaret Prentice pointed out the small plaque on one of the oaks identifying it as a Eugene legacy tree. The possible age is from 100 to 200 years. We took the north trail along the river back to the De Fazio Bridge and the Senior Campbell Center. It took three hours with our stops and starts. It was great hiking weather with hikers who ambled together so I didn’t have to “keep track.”

Members: Jane Allen, Max Brown, Daniele Delaby, Walt Dolliver, Julie Dorland, Sharon Duncan, Tom Gould, Yuan Hopkins, Richard Hughes, Janet Jacobsen (leader), Lana Lindstrom, Carol Petty, Dave Predeek, Margaret Prentice, Barbara Schomaker, Nola Shurtleff and Michelle Tambellini. Nonmembers: Dave Compton and Carmen Nichols.


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