Fuji Mountain

August 26, 2007

The four hikers coming from Eugene met the leader (Rod, who lives in Oakridge) at the Oakridge Dairy Queen. We drove up to the trailhead, 11 miles up Eagle Creek Rd. off of Hwy. 58 at M.P. 50. The temperature was in the 60s and the sky was partly cloudy. Starting at an elevation of 6200 feet, the trail gained 950 feet in 1.5 miles. Mountain huckleberry plants were in profusion on the lower part of the trail but few berries were in evidence. After breaking out of the hemlock forest near the rocky top, we were greeted with a broad panorama of Cascade peaks. We could see from Three Fingered Jack in the North to Mt. Thielsen near Crater Lake, and Diamond Peak to the South, although the tops of the Sisters were obscured by clouds. In the foreground, Waldo Lake lay before us, with its surrounding Mt. Ray, Maiden Peak, and the Twins. We had lunch on top, enjoyed the view and the cool weather, and then retreated to the cars. Long drive, short hike, great view! Hikers, Obsidians all, were Jim and Sharon Duncan, Ken and Beth Kodama, and Rod Wood, leader.

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