Indigo Springs/Chuckle Springs

September 29, 2007

We were not quite sure about the weather as our group set off for our hike up the Middle Fork trail to Indigo and Chuckle Springs. Fortunately, enough sun came through on this mostly cloudy and cool day to make for good hiking. We stopped at Rigdon Meadows to view this historic site on the old Oregon Central Military Wagon Road, then set off on the trail for Indigo Springs. The sight of sun-lit yellow and red vine maple along the beautiful Middle Fork of the Willamette River, the lush green mosses, and the interesting water crossings almost made us forget how wet our boots and lower pant legs were getting from the low shrubs and plants along the trail. At Indigo Springs we stopped for lunch, then took on the more challenging water crossings on the way up to Chuckle Springs. There seemed to be more water than usual due to the recent rains, but we forded every stream without incident. Quiet, peaceful Chuckle Springs was beautiful as always. We returned to Indigo Springs by the same route, proud of our dexterity and balance in crossing the streams on unsteady logs and slippery rocks without falling. The congenial hikers, all members, included Max Brown, Jim and Sharon Duncan, Paul Flashenberg, Rebecca Hansen, Sachiko Iwasaki, Beth and Ken Kodama, Norma Lockyear, Margaret Prentice, and Barb Revere.

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