Moon Mountain

November 3, 2007

Where is the real Moon Mountain? I was told that it would be easy to find Moon Mountain from a gravel trail at the end of Pinerock Drive. (Take Laurel Hill Drive, Moon Mountain Drive and Brackenfern Rd.) On my scouting trip, I wasn’t so sure about the gravel trail, but I did make it to the top of what I thought was Moon Mountain. I quickly posted a sign up sheet. After receiving many queries about the location, I decided I’d better consult online maps. One online map identified my destination as Moon Mountain City Park at 985 feet. To the south around 60 feet higher was another Moon Mountain. A week later when I led the hike, development activities had altered the lower terrain but ten of us did make it to the Moon Mountain City Park. “Park” is a misleading descriptor for this natural area. Margaret Essenberg gave a Winnie the Pooh comparison: “Moon Mountain reminds me of the six pine trees in the 100-acre wood.” Dave Predeek pointed out native and nonnative plants. He suggested that a few fir trees be removed to encourage the oak trees. To the east, fog covered I-5, giving us an eerie view of Pisgah. To the west, we had excellent views of the south hills Ridgeline, Laurel Hill Valley, and Spencer Butte. All of us enjoyed the “summit” on a sunny November day. As we walked down the trail, one wondered what the lower part of Moon Mountain would look like in another month or two. Everyone was curious to see if we could find a trail to the higher Moon Mountain. I was a bit apprehensive about deviating from my one mile hike, but Obsidians have an adventuresome side so off we strolled. Marshall Kandell, Paul Flashenberg, and Mike Wolfson (new member) were enthusiastic about the possibilities beyond the unlocked gate. With some ups and downs, Moon Mountain still seemed a long ways off and with no trail to be found, we turned back. Back at our cars, we drove to Hendricks Park so that Marshall could lead us to Pre’s Rock, a well known Eugene landmark. Others on the hike were Lynn Tracy, Bonnie Richman, Walt Dolliver, and Richard Essenberg.

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