An early 0700 start from Eugene put us on the trailhead before 1000. The Whitewater Rd. trailhead was near capacity with the cars of hikers and campers ahead of us. We were underway shortly after 1000 and saw surprisingly few people until just before Jeff Park opened into meadows. A mile and a half of easy switchbacks brought us views of Jefferson that continued for several miles as we followed Sentinnel Hill. Wildflowers were in bloom along the trail and the variety was remarkable. They increased in numbers at the meadows. The sky was cloudless and a light breeze from the east kept the mosquitoes down. Only a few short sections of well-consolidated snow covered the trail on the upper sections of trail. It never presented an obstacle to the progress of the many hikers coming and going.
We encountered one 'thru hiker' on the Pacific Crest Trail who had set out from Tuolumne Meadows and was enroute to Cascade Locks who had nothing but accolades to describe our Oregon portion of the trail.
We arrived at Russel Lake at 1:15 p.m. after briefly losing our track amid the many 'local traffic' trails that intersect the PCT in Jeff Park. We lunched and relaxed an hour before beginning the hike out.Members: Randy Sinnott, Paul Flashenberg, Chuck Harpham. Nonmembers: Charles Fisher, Erin Noble.
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