Spencer Butte

April 3, 2007

Eight of us met at 9:00 at Canyon Drive on Martin Street to start the hike on the Amazon Headwaters Trail up to Spencer Butte. It is tricky for drivers to find the meeting place on Martin, especially since there is no trail marker. Bob Freed asked for his dollar to be returned when he realized we wouldn’t be back by 11:30. He said he could do the trip in two hours and twenty minutes. The estimated time on the sign up sheet was 3½ hours or four hours. This hike should have been called the Trillium hike. The Western trillium were blooming in abundance. Rose Marie Moffitt who joined us for the first part of the hike said that she had never seen so many trillium. Fawn lilies spread out over hillsides. Small patches of calypso orchids added to the color. We saw red currant, hound’s tongue, snowqueen and starwort. Near the top, we saw a few shooting stars and chickweed monkeyflowers. We were not able to identify the upright purple flowers with six petals that made such graceful bouquets. We could see the Three Sisters faintly in the distance. It was a bit cold and windy so we didn’t linger for our lunch or snack. As we left the Amazon Headwaters Trail, we posed for a picture by the “Entering Residential Area” sign. We were back at the cars around 1:00. All of us felt lucky to see so many spring flowers in bloom. This local forested trail is a treasure.

Participants: Carol Anderson, Zella Andreski, Myron Cook, Janet Jacobsen (leader), Dick Moffitt, Rose Marie Moffitt and Barb Revere.

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