Eleven enthusiastic hikers arrived at the trailhead at 9:45 am. The weather was partly cloudy and about 70 degrees. The first mile was a pleasant, cool hike to Maude Creek. The next mile and a half the forested trail took a steep incline. The forest floor was covered most notably with Bunch Berry in full bloom. As we entered the meadows at two and half miles the trail was easily visible as the Bracken Fern was only just beginning to come up from its winter sleep. Many of the wildflowers that inhabit the area were not yet in bloom, but we did find Larkspur, Bleeding Hearts and the first of the soon to be abundant Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass. After a mile or so of gentle incline through the meadows we entered a stand of mountain hemlock and subalpine fir. After crossing a tiny patch of the rapidly dwindling snowpack we began the last half mile or so of steep incline up the ridgecrest trail, arriving at the summit at just after noon. We stayed at the summit nearly an hour for a leisurely lunch. The view of the Cascade Mountains from Hood to Diamond Peak was stunning, even though the peaks of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson were obscured by developing thunder clouds to the east. There was a slight haze so the visibility wasn’t quite good enough to see Mt. Adams. Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington were in full view as were the peaks of the Three Sisters and Diamond Peak. As we began the descent to the trailhead, a moderate breeze kept us pleasantly cool. We arrived back at at the trailhead at 2:50pm.Members: Woodard, Jim, Grissell, Lisa, Johnson, Steven, Spizizen, Gary, Stockdale, Chris, Krentz, Holger, Bartell, Jane, Taylor, Jeanine. Nonmembers: Giesen, Tom, Woodard, Jason, Mitchell, Nicole.
The happy group on top of Crescent Mountain. Jason, Gary, Jane, Chris, Jeanine, leader Jim, Lisa, Steve and Nicole—photo by Holger Krentz
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