Fuji Mountain

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Leader: Rod Wood
Hike: 3 miles, 950 ft (Easy)

We met at the Oakridge Dairy Queen and drove up to the upper trailhead. It was a pleasant day with hardly a cloud in sight. Mosquitoes were active until we stopped and put on Off. There were many huckleberry bushes but only a few green berries, no doubt the result of late Spring snows. We had lunch on top where we ran into Obsidian Brian Hoyland and a friend, and a family that Rod knew from Oakridge. A group of 8 from Lewis and Clark College joined us on top--it was getting crowded! The view was magnificent, as advertised. You could even see Mt. Hood to the north and all the Cascade peaks to Mt. Thielsen in the south. Waldo Lake was in the foreground with its surrounding peaks of The Twins, Maiden Peak, and Mt. Ray. We met many more hikers on the way back to the car--a very busy day on Fuji Mountain. Since it was still early, we drove the 6 miles up to the impressive Salt Creek Falls which my Sarah had not seen. From there we finished the trip with an ice cream treat at the DQ. Long drive, short hike, wonderful view, and good company.

Members: Wood, Rod. Nonmembers: McArthur, Sarah.

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