Tire Mountain

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Leader: Patricia Esch
Hike: 7.6 miles, 800 ft (Moderate)

Ten hikers swathed in raingear hiked up the mountain inside cloud mist. Trees dripped on us and flowers of meadow and forest nodded at us. Besides the flowers mentioned by Sullivan, we saw fawn lilies, Calypso orchids, another orchid which

shall remain nameless and trillium. A late Spring. We heard several grouse and saw two at the top. Since it was still

misting, we sought refuge under the truncated fir in the clear space on top, and ate our lunch. The only view was the inside of the cloud. We met many mountain bikers and hikers who, like true Oregonians, were pretending it wasn't raining. The misting and fog got heavier as we descended, making the trail wet and slippery. Dry cars and shoes were our final reward for this damp, but rewarding hike. A personal thanks to Pat for taking leadership of this wonderful outing on short notice...

Members: Patricia Mac Afee, Susan Sanazaro, Sherrill Bower, Chuck Eyers, Daniele Delaby, Patricia Esch, Lamonte Smith. Nonmembers: Berri Hsiao, Rachel Hall, Ron Rourke.

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