McKenzie River Trail

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Leader: David Morris
Hike: 8 miles, 700 ft (Moderate)

Six of us hit the trail around 10 in the morning, right from the start it was a warm sunny day. All of the hikers were strong hikers and quickly made it to Blue Pool. After a short break everyone was ready to continue. We quickly were away from the river hiking through the old growth cedars. It was suggested that my trip description might be a little more accurate if i said "Big old trees" instead of "Old growth forest", isn't that pretty much the same thing. By the time we got to Carmen Reservoir we were ready for a good rest. It was about 80 out and real nice. When we got near Koosah falls we were hit by a blast of cold air, kind of like from an air conditioner. After a short break we continued on to Sahalie falls and found several kayakers portaging around the falls. When we learned that they were going to kayak over Koosah falls, we made a u-turn and watched 3 kayakers plunge over the falls. It made an exciting end to the hike.

Members: David Morris, Verlean McCoy, Gary Spizizen, Sarah Praskievicz, Bill Watson. Nonmembers: Jean Stover.

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