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.