August 1, 2010
Though a favorite of mine, it had been several years since I made the hike from the Pat Saddle trail head to the old fire lookout atop Olallie Mountain. It was every bit as nice as I remembered it. A pleasant walk along a good trail through upper elevation old growth and meadows brings you to a truly fine view of the central Oregon Cascades and the large stretch of unlogged forest that is the heart of the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Eight Obsidians enjoyed a fine summer day and good company as we hiked at an unhurried pace under the big trees and through the flower filled meadows. At the summit we found the lookout building is still standing but gradually falling into decay. After a relaxed lunch and basking in the sun for a bit we made our way back to the cars with time for folks to drive back to town for the activities they had planned for the evening.
As usual, ours was a congenial group of strong hikers. I always enjoy the chance to get to know new people and reconnect with old friends. Thanks to everyone for joining me and making this a very fine outing.
Hikers were Dan Bates, Sue Carey, Dick Hildreth, Mary Holbert, Doug Nelson (leader), Judy Ness, Suzanne Steussy and Martha Welches.