McKenzie River Trail

May 8, 2008

We went ahead to plan “C” when we learned that 3–4' of snow still remain at Clear Lake and that, though the snow was scant from Trailbridge on down river, the trail crews had only cleared the lower trail up to Deer Creek.

Our trip began at Belknap Springs Resort and took the river-hugging trail up river where many of us had never been before. (Carol Anderson had hiked it, but a long time ago.) We had no trouble on this well defined trail. Paul Flashenberg was appointed assistant leader and took the lead appropriately.

I used leader’s prerogative and acted as sweep. Carol, Charlie Van Deusen and Ralph Core brought up the middle. The day was partly sunny, the wind mild and the temperature cool. The Trillium and Calypsos were on display, as were a few violets, bleeding heart and coltsfoot. At Deer Creek Charlie tested the “hot” springs and found it not even tepid, as the icy McKenzie was “washing out” the pool created by the rock cairn. In places, the McKenzie Highway was much too close, but the trail is so well designed that we almost forgot we weren’t in the wilderness. Thanks to all who joined me on this “plan A or plan B or plan C” trip, especially those who hiked farther than they expected to. Barb Revere, leader.

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