Eagles Rest/Ash Swale Shelter

October 10, 2010

I was impressed that a hearty group of seven hikers would show up on a very rainy Sunday morning to do this trek. We took three cars from the Amazon LTD station up Highway 58 to the trail head near Milepost 21.

Conditions varied from slightly drippy to a downright deluge. Most of the trail up Goodman Creek is in a beautiful Douglas fir forest. The climb is gradual. As we approached the shelter the skies really opened up! This made the three-sided structure a welcome sight indeed. We dried off (sort of) and ate lunch while the rain poured down.

Five of the seven hikers were satisfied to call this the halfway point, forgoing the mile up to Eagles Rest. Only Lynn Meacham and Brent Hottle chose to tackle the peak. They were rewarded with the satisfaction of completion but no view to speak of.

The return hike was fairly uneventful. We arrived back at our cars wet as rats but happy to have spent a sodden Sunday in the great outdoors of this fine state.

Participating in this adventure were members Don Colgan, Lynn Meacham, Ernst Schwintzer, Juliana Cichy, and Becky Lipton; and nonmembers Brent Hottle and Don Cross.

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