Canyon Creek Meadows

August 29, 2007

Ten hikers in two vehicles went over Santiam Pass to the Jack Creek Trailhead on a clear day. The trail was uncrowded and cool along Canyon Creek. Both creek and falls had a good flow and the floor of the burn area had recovered substantially over the last year. The group hiked upward through the meadows, out of the hemlocks and into the forenoon heat, emerging on a low saddle above a cirque at 6000 ft. Another 500 ft. up a scree, and then a scramble for shade and lunch. All snowfields along the Range were bigger this year than last, and seasonals were greener.

After an half-hour lunch, the group descended the scree slope hiking back through the meadows, along Canyon Creek to the trailhead at Jack Lake. Bow season had started the previous Saturday. We didn’t see any hunters or stands, but we did see a group of five quick and well-fed does cresting a near ridge.

Hikers were members: Pat Adams (leader), John Agnew, LaRee Beckley, Dick Hildreth, Anne Hollander, Richard Hughes, Lana Lindstrom, Sam Miller and Effie Neth, and nonmember Joe Masic.

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