Castle Rock

Sunday, May 15, 2011
Leader: Chris Stockdale
Hike: 11.4 miles, 2600 ft (Difficult)

In anticipation of a wet day (thanks to the varied weather forecasts we get in Eugene), our packs were stuffed with raingear as well as warm clothing. Predictions of the snow level at 4,000' concerned us as well since we would be climbing to just under that. But our luck held and the day stayed dry. A fast pace up this well-graded trail through the forests got us to the summit in 2 hours and 15 minutes. We found very limited views since all the surrounding peaks were hidden in cloud, but we were able to find a sheltered spot for lunch with views down into the valley. Thanks to the late spring, the usual display of wild flowers up top were missing. A cold wind picked up along with what we think were a few snowflakes, driving us to hightail it off the rock and to get back into the shelter of the trees.

Members: Stockdale, Chris, Clarkson, Melody, Adkins, David, Wolling, Sue, Weaver, Elle, Baldwin, Mari.

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