Ridgeline Trail

March 21, 2009

John Jacobsen dropped off four hikers at the Blanton Road Trailhead and left the car for us at the Spring Boulevard Trailhead. He hiked several segments of the trail and then headed home. Meanwhile the four of us started up the trail at 9:10 and reached Spring Boulevard Trailhead and the car three hours later. We saw spring beauties and few trillium in bloom. The fawn lilies looked like they would be in bloom by April 1st. We encountered some muddy spots just before we reached Fox Hollow. A crew of young people were spreading gravel so hopefully they will soon take care of that problem. The muddy trail from Fox Hollow to Dillard West Trailhead is in sore need of help. The trail just gets wider and wider as hikers try to avoid the mud potholes. At the Dillard North Trailhead we took the lower trail with the trail markers to the top of Mt. Baldy. From there it was easy to hike down the new gravel trail to Spring. We estimated that the elevation was 900 to 1,000 ft. and the distance was 6.2 miles. We did have some rain but nothing that impaired our enjoyment of Eugene’s natural treasure. Nonmember, Jeff Wright, appreciated the opportunity to hike the entire trial. Members were Paul Flashenberg, Janet Jacobsen (leader), John Jacobsen, and Norma Lockyear.

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