July 11, 2010
The Jones Trail is rarely hiked but was cleared earlier this year by
Willamette Forest volunteers who removed multiple downed trees and
introduced this hearty climb to the trip leader. The initial challenge
is finding the trailhead which involves taking the Fall Creek trail from
the east end of Bedrock Campground up about a quarter mile of
switchbacks to the hillside start of Jones Trail. The climbing
continues, steeply at first, for a total vertical of 2000 feet while
gaining about six miles horizontally. Three Obsidians and one guest had
been promised only half this vertical by the sign up sheet. They also
added two miles along Fall Creek before the hike actually began to bring
their total sweaty mileage on this 85+ degree day to eight big ones.
Still the views were great and the flowers persistent. Bear scat was
found but not the depositor. Enthusiastic and well exercised hikers
included Peter Graham, Darko Sojak, Paul Flashenberg, Larry Dunlap and
potential member Cynthia Kuest.