It was the 81st anniversary of the June 28, 1931 Obsidian hike when the Nelson Macduff plaque was mounted on McLennan Mountain. On a 1992 Obsidian hike, when Sharon Ritchie was President, the plaque was rededicated on the same mountain, but now with the correct name, Macduff. With photos of both events, our group did a 2012 photo reenactment. From the top of Macduff, we had panoramic views of the mountains from Jefferson to Diamond Peak. Next time, I will bring blackberry pie to share at lunch to honor the 1931 hiker, Florence Ogden Sims, who shared her blackberry pie for a ride on the Forest Service horse. We also need to allow time to hike to McLennan Mountain. Thanks to trail crews, the two trees are no longer blocking all of the road and there are many signs of trail improvements thanks to Youth Conservation Corps. The rhododendrons and other spring flowers were in bloom. Where is Macduff Mountain? First, get an up to date map. My 1984 Willamette Forest Map has Macduff and McLennan Mountain reversed. Four miles past Blue River turn right on the Courgar Reservoir Rd, #19. Drive one-half mile, do not turn right on #19 but continue straight toward the base of the dam on F.S. Rd. 410. Just before the power plant gate, F.S. Rd 411 meets 410. Turn left onto F.S. Rd 411 and drive around two miles on the steep one lane road. Hopefully the gate is open or the hike will be a long one! The trail intersects the road several times, but for a shorter hike on the best part of the trail, look carefully for a slim almost hidden brown TRAIL sign on the right. There is plenty of room to park on the left. I suggest that you do not continue up the logging road.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Jim Whitfield, Keiko Bryan, Rob Castleberry, Norma Bengiat, Brian Popowsky, Lamonte Smith. Nonmembers: Mei-Yueh Crowell, Mindy Catlow, Edel Davenport.
Macduff Mountain anniversary hike: Rob, Janet, Smitty, Norma, Jim, Brian, Mei, Mindy, Edel —photo by Keiko Bryan
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