Bunchgrass Ridge

July 10, 2010

Extensive views of the Cascade peaks along with myriad wildflowers of many varieties were the reward for the four Obsidians who ventured along Bunchgrass Ridge on a hot July day. A few pesky mosquitoes greeted us as we began our hike but disappeared in the heat of the day, with the aid of a pleasant breeze. This trail, part of the Eugene to PCT, is little used but the Forest Service had beaten us out there and, thankfully, had cleared the numerous trees that had fallen over the trail. Quite an extensive part of the hike treks through the old Warner Creek burn area, so many of the dead trees come down during the winter storms. To gain the anticipated lunch spot, the hikers had to climb a steep series of switchbacks but were treated to a grassy, shady area with close-up views of Diamond Peak and Mt. Bailey in the distance. Group consensus was that we had hiked far enough and it was time to head back. We then treated ourselves to well-earned root beer floats at the A&W in Oakridge. Jim Clarkson, Dan Christensen and Sarah Praskievicz joined leader Chris Stockdale on this trip.

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