August 11, 2009
The trail to Lowder Mountain is always a bit of a challenge because
of the waist-high plants overgrowing and obscuring the trail, and this
year we also contended with damage to the trail from horses.
Nevertheless, our group of seven made it without incident to the top
where we enjoyed lunch in a spectacular setting. The mountains from Mt.
Jefferson to Mt. Bachelor were visible, although smoke from forest
fires to the south made the views hazy, especially to the east. The
visibility improved even during the short time we were there. Perfect
temperatures, no mosquitoes, no sprained ankles — Lowder Mountain is
always a good trip. Enjoying the outing were members Brad Bennett, Walt
Dolliver, Sharon and Jim Duncan, new member Jim Gillings, Susan
Sanazaro, and nonmember Ron Allen (completing his 3rd Obsidian hike).