With wild fires raging throughout our state and smoke coming and going into the Willamette Valley, we were delighted to have what turned out to be a splendidly clear and sunny day for our Waldo Wilderness hike. The Waldo Lake/Rigdon Lakes loop is a study in contrast; alternating from the lush forest of the north Waldo shore to the more stark, but equally beautiful shorelines of the Rigdons. Situated in the heart of the Taylor Burn, Upper and Lower Rigdons and Lake Kiwi are vividly blue and offer striking views of the surrounding rock formations. We took full advantage of the lovely day with a brake at Upper Rigdon for huckleberries and taking in the sight of massive Rigdon Butte towering above. We then headed back to the Waldo shore for a swim and lunch. Although the burn area is covered in colorful vegetation and a sprinkling of five to fifteen foot trees that have grown back since the 1998 fire, this area is pretty exposed and best hiked on a cooler late summer or fall day.Members: James, Daphne, Cooney, Marguerite, Lodeesen, David. Nonmembers: Carpenter, Kathie, Bean, Denise.
Rigdon and and Butte—photo by Daphne James
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