Brice Creek

May 17, 2009

We had an absolutely perfect day for hiking the 8.5 trail along Brice Creek. The sky was clear blue, the temperature ideal, and the rushing water was sparkling like diamonds. The hike started at the upper trailhead and after a steep one mile climb we arrived at the Upper Trestle Creek Falls. We paused to enjoy the beauty of the falls before walking behind the falls and continuing with our hike. We stopped for lunch on a rock outcropping beside the creek. For lunchtime entertainment we enjoyed watching the fascination some small blue butterflies had with Moshe’s hat. After lunch some of us chose to take a short hike to Lower Trestle Creek Falls. We were able to cross the creek on trees that had fallen during the winter and walk close to the base of the falls, something I had not done before. We all continued down the trail, enjoying the remaining wildflowers as we walked. We were surprised to see a patch of Fawn Lilies still in bloom, and were also rewarded with sightings of Trillium, Bleeding Hearts, Fairy Slippers, and white Iris. After shuttling our cars and the drive back to Eugene, we arrived at South Eugene H.S. parking lot at 5 p.m. Enjoying a great hike were members Daniele Delaby, Yuan Hopkins, Joanne Ledet, Judy Ness, Moshe Rapaport, Barbara Schomaker, Eleanor Wilkerson, Sue Wolling, and former member David Compton.

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