If I was a master chef I couldn't have cooked up a more perfect day for a hike. This was a vintage August Sunday. Twelve of us met at 8:30 at the south end of Amazon Park by the bus station, piled into three vehicles, then drove to Pleasant Hill to pick up our thirteenth hiker.
From the trailhead twenty miles past Hills Creek Dam we hiked through a nice stand of forest with Diamond Peak sometimes in view. In about a mile we passed the very pretty Notch Lake and found our trail junction, the Mt. Yoran Trail (Vivian Lake would be the other option). For about 1.6 miles we climbed steadily, then leveled off along a ridge. Another mile and a half brought us past the monolithic Mt. Yoran to the stunning Divide Lake.
I had previewed this hike some two weeks earlier and found an impressive and daunting amount of snow, but by today most of it was gone except for a few lingering patches. The mosquitoes were out in force, however.
All but one of us trudged another mile or more from the lake up to the divide and then to the top of a rocky "little sibling" of Mt. Yoran. The views were breathtaking on this picture perfect day. Our hike back was uneventful, and it seems that a good time was had by all. Total distance covered was just over ten miles.
We had a special guest today named Ji Wang, a student from China who is enrolled at the U of O this fall.Members: Don Colgan, Art Kearney, Marianne Camp, Keiko Bryan, Joe Sanders, Brian Popowsky, Ernst Schwintzer, Chris Stockdale. Nonmembers: Ellen King, Zachary King, David Saul, Thomas Avery, Ji Wang.
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