Mount Baldy

May 29, 2010

With high clouds but good visibility and no threat of rain, five hikers, starting around 9:15 a.m., trekked from Martin Street up the Headwaters of the Amazon trail. The path along the wooded ravine was in excellent condition despite the recent heavy downpours that affected the Eugene area last week. All trees and bushes were fully in leaf and seemed to glow in their freshness despite the low, cloud-filtered light. After reaching Fox Hollow Road, we took the trail through Hult Park, which was muddy in spots since this path is not covered with gravel. Upon reaching Dillard Road, we took to the shoulder and walked down for about ¼ mile to the Mt. Baldy parking lot. From there we wended our way up to the summit. There we took a break and had some light snacks. The views were excellent given the cloudy day. While Maryís Peak was nowhere visible, pretty much everything else in front of it was. Looking east afforded a view of Mt. Pisgah and surrounding hills. Nearby peaks were visible as well, but not the Sisters. We then descended in the direction of Spring Boulevard, eventually reaching a spot in the lower segment of Dillard Road. On the way down we stopped for the one water feature in this area, the pond at the foot of Mt. Baldy (and facing Spencerís Butte). The pond was at the highest level ever seen by the trip leader. From Dillard the group then hiked down the power-line cut to get back to the trailhead near Martin Street. By 12:15 p.m. the hike was over, and this left us with a lot of time for other Saturday activities. Mt. Baldy was ascended by Susan Sanazaro, Dick Hildreth, Ginny Reich, Clara Emlen, and Richard Sundt (leader).

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