Thanks to an early morning text and e-mail from Dave Cooper, we discovered sooner, rather than later, that a new fire had caused the closure of the Black Crater Trail.
Not to be discouraged, the steadfast 4 remaining hikers braved the torrential mist on the west side of the Cascades and scaled Mount Pisgah not once but twice. We headed up the main summit trail (#1) to the top, then headed down along the powerline road to the Pleasant Hill side, back up to the summit on trail #4, and circled back via trial #3 and #17 to the parking lot. As we descended on the east side (especially on Trial #2), we found frequent bear scat. It was fairly fresh, as our expert Darko determined. The bears obviously were gorging themselves on the blackberries (and with good reason, they were tasty this trip). There was big bear scat and little bear scat. As we descended the west side on trail #17, we saw 2 does and 2 fawns eating blackberry leaves.
We appreciated the cool weather and relatively smoke free air; what a contrast from the prior week of heat and smoke. Thanks to all of the hikers for their flexibility.Members: Jennifer Baer, Cari Soderlund, Darko Sojak, Kathy Randall.
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