Our group of 5 - 3 members and 2 first-time Obsidian hikers- started with enthusiasm at Blanton trailhead in foggy low 30s weather. Icy trail conditions in the first stretch were not a hindrance as the gravel covered Blanton path provided good traction. We were not quite so lucky after we crossed Willamette, encountering very slick stretches of trail, requiring some skirting and careful stepping. None-the-less, blue sky beckoned and to Spencer Butte we aspired. The trail cleared as we neared the meadow junction and was ice-free the remaining way to the Butte. We were rewarded by sunshine, a magical cloud covered valley and inspiring views of the 3 Sisters, Jefferson, Washington, and peaks of 3-Fingered Jack and Mt. Bachelor. After basking on the summit in the warm sunshine, off we tromped to our starting point. A great start to the weekend!Members: Grant, Betty, Haynes, Jennifer, Camp, Marianne. Nonmembers: Fogg, May, Faumont, Serge.
Rodgeline hike:—photo by Betty Grant
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