Our car shuttle allowed us to walk the coast trail from Yachats by the Amanda Statue up to the Cape Perpetua Whispering Trail Rock Shelter and then down to the Visitor’s Center. When I scouted the trail in March, the steep downhill sections were not that slippery. Was I surprised when I spotted the first rope hand-line circling a tree trunk and extending down the muddy and very slippery descent. I immediately decided the knotted rope was an auspicious sign and upgraded the trip to “Difficult.” Several of us decided the best way to descend was to back down holding tightly to the rope while moving from knot to knot. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a camera to record the three or was it four hand-line descents. Back at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center, we talked with Lori Robertson, Visitor Center Director, and also an Obsidian. Lori told us that it had rained the night before and that morning, a trail volunteer, John Cooper, had fixed the ropes. These were ropes that he had found on the beach. We left a note thanking John for his timely, flotsom rope gift. The hike including lunch took 3 hours and 40 minutes.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Susan Sanazaro, Eric Swegles, Joanne Ledet, Dick Hildreth.
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