Fuji Mountain

September 14, 2008

The three of us met at the Oakridge Dairy Queen and transferred the packs to Rod’s car for the trip up a gravel road to the trailhead. On the way up we had a good view of the scarred mountain side across the valley where a large landslide had wiped out the Union Pacific tracks last winter. Along the trail mountain huckleberries were in profusion and we stopped several times to help ourselves to nature’s bounty. On top, the temperature was pleasantly cool and insects were not a problem. Disappointingly, the advertised view of Cascade peaks was blocked by a dense haze although we could make out the tops of Mt. Bachelor and South Sister. There were four sailboats in a row on Waldo Lake in front of us, and the surrounding peaks of Mt. Ray, The Twins, and Maiden Peak were close by, and Diamond Peak behind us. On the way down we met an intrepid mountain biker on his way up, and we feasted again on huckleberries. We repaired to the DQ for post-hike snacks. Members Rod Wood (leader) and Joanne Ledet were joined by future member Jim Gillings.

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