Rooster Rock

May 22, 2010

“What if no one shows up?” Deb asked as we got ready for the Rooster Rock hike. A good question since the forecast was for an 80% chance of rain and it was raining hard outside. But Obsidians are used to the rain. As Sarah said, “If you wait for a good day in Oregon, your hiking opportunities are pretty poor.” Everyone showed up and wanted to go, so we did. The Rooster Rock trail is in the Menagerie Wilderness out of Sweet Home on the Santiam River. It is a fairly steep hike, gaining about 2300' and ending at an old lookout site. The rewards for the hike this time of year, views of other rock pillars such as Turkey Monster, Rabbit Ears, and Chicken Rock, and blooming rhododendrons, were not there. The scattered showers turned to hail and then to snow. At the top it looked like December and you could barely see Rooster Rock through the blowing snow, which coated the trees and the trail. After a quick drink and bite to eat, we quickly headed down. But it was great exercise and we were all a little proud of ourselves for our perseverance. Everyone was very prepared for the conditions and no one got too cold or wet. Hikers were Obsidians Sarah Praskievicz, Chuck Wagar, Suzanne Steussy, and Deb Carver; soon to be Obsidian Marie Stringer; and John Pegg, leader.

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