Deception Butte

June 9, 2007

This trip started out on a good note. Cloudy but no rain. Rain was forecast, but it didn’t start until we were in the cars on the way back. Also, there was only one “no show”. (One too many, with no notice given). The regular trail start, on the north side of Deception Creek, is abandoned and the bridge is gone. A new trail, branching off the Oakridge Fitness Trail, which starts a short way up Deception Creek Road, is nearing completion and a new bridge has been built. We were able to access the original trail above construction, from a temporary trail, 0.7 miles up the road. (Yellow ribbon). After crossing the new bridge, the trail gets serious. Steep sections, rough, irregular sections, fairly long stretches with serious drop offs and a couple of challenging downed trees to negotiate. However, a very interesting and worthwhile hike. The summit is wide and open with views to the north. (Unlike Mt Hardesty.) One hiker had problems with balance, etc., and had to be closely monitored (up to and including hanging on to her pack) to avoid falls from becoming disasters. Mel was a great help in assisting me with this serious problem. Not a dangerous trail, but being surefooted and careful is necessary in places. On the return, most of the group went ahead and pioneered the new trail section below the bridge and found it to be mostly complete with only one short, difficult part unfinished. I hope I can lead this trip next year and see the completed section. All in all, I believe almost everyone enjoyed the hike. Hikers were: Mari Baldwin, Paul Flashenberg, Virginia Hambley, Georgann Pasnick, Mel Zavodsky and Ed Lovegren, leader.

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