Canyon Creek Meadows

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Leader: John Cooper
Hike: 7.5 miles, 1400 ft (Moderate)

Canyon Creek Meadows is a hike for which one needs motivation to drive six miles of washboard road at the end, but once there the rewards are abundant. The five us up left Eugene at 7 and arrived at the Jack Lake trail head after 9:30. There was plenty of parking, which is not always the case. We headed out and shortly started on the loop going in a clockwise direction. Gradually more and more wildflowers came out to meet us and soon we were at the south meadows. The display of Lupines sprinkled with Arnica with Painted Ladies butterflies flying everywhere were amazing to see. We met the trail to the north meadows and headed up. As we gained in elevation the flowers were less abundant but present. We had a relaxing lunch at the head of the north meadows and continued to spot interesting flowers. Cheshire Mayrsohn, a botanist by training, patiently identified the flowers for us. The group headed back to the loop and continued on through the B and B Complex burn and back to the car. The sunny warm weather, the company, and the flowers, not to mention the towering presence of Three Fingered Jack, made for a great outing.

Members: John Cooper, David Hawkins, Dorene Steggell, David Reinhard. Nonmembers: Cheshire Mayrsohn.

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