Horsepasture Mountain

July 1, 2010

On Thursday, July 1st, six of us hiked up Horsepasture Mountain just outside of Oakridge. It was a lovely day for a hike, not too hot or cold and partly sunny. The trail switchbacks up through meadows with beautiful views of the rolling hills of the McKenzie River drainage and Ollalie Ridge. Unfortunately, we were a couple of weeks too early for the meadow wildflowers. However, we enjoyed oohing and aahing over the intricate whorls of the hellebore and listening to the sounds of our steps as we swooshed through the blades of the bear grass that draped over the trail. At the top of the mountain, we were richly rewarded with the vibrant reds of Indian paintbrush and lots of other wildflowers and amazing views of the Cascade Range. Just like countless hikers before us, we spent a lot of time trying to name the peaks, no one really caring if we got them right. It was just fun to guess.

Hikers were members Barbara Bruns, Walt Dolliver, Joella Ewing, Lynn Gilman-Garrick (leader) and John Moser; and nonmember Not Rathaketten.

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