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.