The Middle Fork Trail extends for 33 miles along the upper Willamette. We walked the second segment from Butcherknife Creek (Rd 2127) to the Camper Flat area. Drizzle came and went. The clouds thinned and parted just enough to warm us up and brighten views of the energetic and ever-changing river, moss-draped cliffs, mixed forest fresh with spring growth, and delightful side streams. Especially welcome was a little sunshine at our lunch stop on the river bank. We ran into two water obstacles along the way. Some of us took off boots and waded, while others walked a log to get across Spring Butte Creek. Calypso orchids and chocolate lilies starred in the wildflower show. It was Cindy's first hike as a member, her membership having been approved only days before. Some members of the group commented that the hike seemed shorter than the ten miles as advertised. Their internal pedometers were probably right. I believe it was closer to nine miles since we veered off to the river after crossing Coal Creek instead of continuing to Rd 2134.Members: Rob Castleberry, Mary Holbert, Keiko Bryan, Nancy Whitfield, Cindy Miller, Janet Jacobsen, Moshe Rapaport. Nonmembers: Elizabeth David.
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