King Castle/Castle Rock

June 24, 2007

An exceptional group of hikers met at my home Sunday morning. After pit stops and coffee, the group proceed the two miles to the trailhead. It was a typical Oregon day with a mix of rain, wind, and sun breaks. The trail for the first four miles led us past stunning sections of old-growth, several streams, wildflowers and open views of the McKenzie Valley. Margaret Beilharz, a hydrologist with the Forest Service, joined us for the second section of the trail which wound through a steeper section with more old-growth, Manzinita, Chinkapin, wildflowers and balds. The top of Castle Rock has a nearly 360-degree view including the Sisters (they were almost out), Mt. Washington, Sawtooth, the McKenzie River, Cougar Reservoir, and Tokatee Golf Course. Margaret answered questions regarding local flora, fauna, and river conditions while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch. Brad Bennett took a dramatic picture of Bob Davis as he nearly leapt off the edge of the cliff. Thanks to Dick Hildreth for meeting the group at SEHS and setting them on the way upriver. Thanks also to Marianne Camp who made a wise decision before the trip started. And kudos to Bob Davis who uttered the best one-liner I've ever heard, bar none. Ask him for details!

Hikers were: Marianne Camp, Laurie Funkhouser, Daphne James and Ellen Sather, leader; and nonmembers: Norma Bengiat, Brad Bennett and Bob Davis.

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