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Table Rock, July 14
It wasn't too hot for the hike up to Table Rock or for a few sweet smelling lilies. Other than a small amount of haze, we saw all the peaks - great views! Leader found a winner place for Ice Cream afterwards. It was too cold for any of us to stay inside! Guests Janet & Jim Locniker joined us from Arizona along with Celine Livengood, Roz Shirack, Traci & Dave Wilson, Tom & leader Deanna Davis.
Coffin Mt, July 8
We hiked to the top of Coffin Mt under sunny skies with constant views of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, and the Three Sisters, plus Mt Hood and Mt Adams after reaching the summit. There was a wide variety of wildflowers in the steep meadows, but alas, very little bear grass in bloom. A good reason to return next year. One of my favorite sightings was the Pacific hounds tongue, a common plant that I seldom see in bloom. It's tall stalk of small blue flowers was just opening. Hikers were guest Nadene Le Cheminant on her first qualifying hike, Dan Moung, Nameun House, and leader Roz Shirack.
Bugaboo Ridge/Bachelor Mountain, July 7
A horde of 18 (yep, you read that right) happy hikers enjoyed a peerless summer day on Bugaboo Ridge and Bachelor Mountain. Flowers, views and great company were enjoyed by one and all. We were: Bobbie Snead, Sharon Wright, Sherrill Breen, Lynette Olesen, Sandi Simons, Peter Simons, Dan Moung, Phyllis Benanti, Gayle Smith, Deanna Davis, Tom Davis, Don Orwick, Mike Koyama, Bonnie Arias, Mary Coleman, Bill Geibel, Ralph Nafziger, Doris deLespinasse.
4th of July Evening Historic District Hike, July 4
It was a perfect balmy evening after a warm summer day when we met at the Capitol. We headed across 12th into the Chemeketa Historic District and walked up and down those streets with their fabulous old homes. Then we headed over by North High School and studied the wonderful nature mural on the side of the Straub Environmental Center. Afterwards we walked to Waldo Park and reflected on the war memorials there. We finished up by walking through downtown and on to the Willamette campus. We spent some time in the Martha Springer Garden where there were a mixed group of nutria and mallard ducks hanging out on the edge of the Mill Race. A casual theme of this hike was to explore as many of the bridges over Mill Creek and the Mill Race as possible. Along the way we enjoyed the patriotic decorations that were on a lot of the houses and saw many sidewalk barbecue parties and small fireworks displays. Participants were Barbara Dolan, Sylvia Dawson, Jane Maute, Susan Arbor, Diane Schoenrock, Marcia Hoak, Lin Crimshaw, Pam Wasson and leader Carol Soderberg.
Mary's Peak, June 30
On a beautiful sunny day we hiked from Conner's Camp to the top of Mary's Peak. Along the way we saw wildflowers, at the top we had a spectacular 360 degree view! Hikers were Eileen Harder, Roz Shirack, Marie Elliott, Randy Selig, Debra Dawes, Corriene Thompson, Kayleen Warner, Marcia Kenagy, Roger Monette, Doris de Lespinasse, guest Marianne Gardner, leader Bev Hassell.
Canyon de Chelly Reunion, June 25
A highlight of life is that we get to live it together. When we have a reunion, we, together, recall those sweet times.
June 25, 2018 there we were together and recalling: Lettie Litson, sister Theresa Litson with granddaughter Jaynell, daughter Kay and husband Cletis Mark, and nephew Thomas Litson. This Navajo Nation contingent was together, again, with 15 hikers from Oregon with whom they’d shared days/meals/hikes/laughter over the past 30 summers on annual Chemeketan weeklong trips. Extraordinary! Lots of food and stories, lots of laughter and memories, fond recalling of some no longer with us, all recollections tied tightly with bonds of warm affection. Like being in Canyon de Chelly, it was a time of good medicine.
Our June 25 reunion symbolized those 30 years: Leroy Kline saw a CDC sketch he’d forgotten he made in 1988! Sylvia Kline found it and showed it to him. Ten year old Jaynell saw four photos of a another 10 year old girl made in earlier years … wearing the same colors she was wearing at the potluck. That former 10 year old girl in Canyon de Chelly at Lettie’s place? Jaynell’s mother!
Wanting a look at the Gorge, the next day our guests from the SW saw the Columbia River Gorge - especially from Troutdale to Stephenson/Cascade Locks - with able guidance both from Mike Dianich and Cloudy Spears.
George & Janet Adkins hosted the visitors. Dave Macmillan had his slideshow running of Canyon de Chelly. Carol Jacquet was the name tag lady. Kay Mark and Theresa Litson prepared Navajo frybread for all. Trish & Joe fortunately returned from TX in time for the reunion. Mary Coleman picked a gallon of blueberries for the group. Joan Zuber, Diane Roth and all were at first puzzled by the many hawks we heard. We quickly learned a recording was being played - along with the sporatic cannon shots - to keep the birds out of the nearby blueberry farm! Margaret King and friend Lee brought their R-POD and camped at Mt Angel for the reunion. Two display tables with photo books were available for the group to peruse.
Our reunion was on private property with a small lake near Amity. Mark Olson knewn the setting and made arrangements for us. He and his brother Phil saw to our every need. Without Mark’s appreciation for Canyon de Chelly and attending to all the reunion details, even the good weather, our get together would not nearly have been so memorable.
Walk in Beauty!
Mount Baker Climb - Easton Glacier Route, June 25 - 27
By the time we were hiking in from the Schriebers Meadow trailhead to the Railroad Grade, some of us were already exhausted from the mental gymnastics involved in putting this climb together with the constantly changing weather forecasts. The way the weather was dancing around the week before, it was not clear that the Mount Baker climb would leave town, much less that a group of Chemeketans would (after appearing to have the upper mountain completely to themselves), be privileged to stand on Baker’s Grant Peak Tuesday June 26, 2018 above the clouds. (To add to the summit success and having the mountain to ourselves, we were able also to experience OSU’s world series win. See below.)
Our weather window waxed, waned, shifted... and when it appeared to be a full 24 hours, we opted to start the climb from the trailhead prior to the shift to good weather and climb into the good weather, in order to have the bulk of the good weather as margin for error if needed. We experienced rain, a high cold wind, a bit of stinging hail, and – sun, just on the hike in. We made camp on the railroad grade at about 6400’. The wind interfered with efficient camp set-up, but aside from a pasta primavera dinner eluding its rightful owner, there were no incidents to report.
Leaving camp in the morning for the summit we had limited visibility, which improved the higher we got. The Easton route is “in”, but in this writer’s opinion the rating is at “30 degrees my a * *”. It was clearly 45 degrees and more for well over 750 vertical feet above the Sherman Peak crater area toward the true summit. We experienced close to white-out conditions on the lower part of the descent but everything opened up at camp and the last evening was glorious.
As many know, Gradison/Stephenson productions have indeed sported a fair number of dresses in the past. This time we all needed our “big boy pants”. Thick ones. Making weather decisions, setting trail, protecting the route, and routefinding were challenges shared and supported by all.
Apologies to any Chemeketan razorbacks - but as luck would have it, we were on the mountain for OSU’s loss to Arkansas and did not have to experience that in real time. The Omaha weather delay was perfect for us. We were able to enjoy game number two (on the ride home) and three (at home).
As they say, timing is everything!!
The team: Chemeketans Aislinn Adams, Tim Hale, Chris Leesman, Ed Morell, and Leaders Ellen Gradison and Garry Stephenson, Assistant Leader Gabe Starr.
The Knoll and Gods Thumb, June 24
On a sunny day we started at the Villages at Cascade Head trailhead on West Devils lake road and took trail and gravel road to Roads End state park. From there we hiked up the beach then a short stint on city street till we were on the Gods Thumb trail. The thumb was shrouded in fog but on the way down in a breeze the fog magically lifted to reveal a spectacular view of the coast line. We continued on to the Knoll where we had lunch and enjoyed the view. On the way back we took the wooded Villages trail to the cars. After the hike we hit the 60s diner for treats. Hikers were: Marcia Kenagy, Barb Schram, Margarita Nunez, Celine Livengood, Rod Graves, Nameun Harse, Kent Doughty, Kayleen Warner, Shanasee Murphy, Cheryl Weatherly, Jason McHuff, and John Huff ldr.
Beginners Backpack, June 22 - 24
The Beginners’ Backpack returned to the Bull of the Woods for its annual June outing. The weather was perfect for our three day two night adventure. We began at Elk Lake and camped the first night at Upper Twin Lake. The next day we packed up and hiked to the confluence of Battle Creek and Elk Lake Creek. On day three we returned to Elk Lake.
Our route took us 14 miles and we gained 3140 feet. As a bonus we climbed Battle Axe in route to Twin Lakes. The trip has a little of everything you might encounter on a backpack but not too much of anything. It even has two stream crossings. The only thing in excess was the number of logs across the trail. We crossed around 200 the second day of the trip. Certainly an opportunity for some grousing but nary a word.
The views were spectacular, the lake lovely and the wildflowers abundant. Hiking through the burn, the hillsides were covered with rhododendrons in full bloom. Quite an amazing site.
The entire crew of new backpackers passed with flying colors. They were an excellent group: enthusiastic, prepared, and cheerful even in the face of all those logs.
This year we had six new backpackers (all members). They were David Braun, Ruth Braun, Lanell Carlson, Kris Salchenberg, Julie Gilreath, and Karie Hutchings. Old hands were Rick Cooper, Joel Zak, and Nancy Rockwell.
Grizzly Peak, June 19
Snowy Mt. Jefferson looked fantastic on this beautiful sunny day. The group walked and talked to the lookout atop Grizzly Peak for lunch and enjoyed lovely views before retracing their steps. Hikers were Karie Hutchings, Deanna Davis, Nancy Rockwell, Roz Shirack, Rick Cooper, Larry Vuylsteke, Scott Torgeson and leader Vivienne Torgeson.
Portland Division Street Sculptures Hike, June 19
The main purpose of this hike was to view an installation of 8 sculptures on SE Division Street between 11th and 36th in Portland titled “This All Happened More or Less. (which is also the first line of Slaughterhouse-Five). These are small sculptures installed on large boulders depicting residents of the area that the artists had observed during the time period that they were commissioned. To add mileage and interest to the hike we also spent time in the South Tabor, Richmond and Ladd’s Addition neighborhoods where we enjoyed some beautifully decorated home exteriors and gardens. Toward the end of the hike our route took us right by Salt and Straw, so we made the obligatory stop there for ice cream. Participants were Sylvia Dawson, Lin Crimshaw, Patty Schaffers, Susan Hoskins, Greda van Veen and leader Carol Soderberg.
Mary's Peak Sunset, June 16
Saw mountain views to the east before the accent. Beautiful night to observe the sunset over the ocean from the top of Mary's Peak. Just a sliver of a moon right out in our sights. We sat up there for about an hour hoping to wait out the stars appearance but gave up and headed down. Safe, controlled decent in the dark with headlamps & flashlights. Took a couple opportunities to stop and turn off all to experience 'real' darkness in the woods. Then, the STARS from Connor's Camp parking lot were AMAZING! Don't be afraid next time to try it! Mary Beth Downs joined leader to shore up safety along with Julie Gilreath, Tom & leader Deanna Davis.
Champoeg to Butteville, June 14
The day was perfect and six of us enjoyed the beautiful walk along the Willamette River, starting at Champoeg State Park and ending at the Butteville Store. The Store was open and we ate lunch at a picnic table in the back yard. Walking toward the historic boat landing, we discovered four parking spaces have been added at the street level and a concrete walkway has replaced the rough trail leading toward the Willamette River. Land near the river has been leveled, possibly for the addition of benches and a historical sign. Hikers: Anita Owen, Corriene Thompson, Mary Jo Lundsten, Pam Wojcik, Janet Templar, and leader Pat Simila.
Crescent Mountain, June 5
A beautiful day on a special mountain with a great group of 11 people: wildflowers are on their way, some larkspur and paintbrush and lots of maianthemum and vanilla leaf in bloom; and wonderful views from Mt. Adams to Diamond Peak. Trail is well maintained with no obstructions. Steady hikers included Nancy Chambers, Deanna Davis, Rob Kimmich, Dan Moung, Rich Romm, Barb Schram, Jim Sellers, Larry Vuylsteke and Obsidian guests Steve Johnson and Jorma Meriaho, with leader Mady Kimmich.
Corvallis Street Art, June 3
We were a group of seven that enjoyed a nice couple of hours viewing a variety of street art in Corvallis, including two new pieces. Pam Ferrara was able to add more interesting Corvallis trivia during our walk. Lunch was at Laughing Planet with its Robert Crumb, Frank Zappa, and monster posters. Leader: Wayne Wallace Hikers: Marjorie Wallace (guest) and members: Pam Ferrara, Ellen Simpson, Janet Templar, Bill & Penny Wylie
Old Bridge in Table Rock, June 3
What a great day to be on the trail. Thirteen hikers looped through the lower section of Table Rock Wilderness. The forest was lush, green and cheerful with spring flowers. First time qualifiers were: Eva Sippl,Tammie Anderson, Audrey Anderson and Rosi Green. Members: Vivienne and Scott Torgeson, Roz Shirack, Rod Graves, Debra Driscoll, Ralph Nafziger, Frances Chapple, Jill Poyer and leader, Mary Coleman.
Portland Urban Hike , June 3
This outing involved 4 separate walks, 2 MAX light rail rides, 3 bus rides and one streetcar ride. From our start at the southern terminus of the Orange MAX we traveled to Division Street to view street art. We saw the new 70 foot mural by the Irish artist Fin DAC that uses a living vertical planting for the hair of a geisha. Also on Division we viewed the bronze figurines and other murals. Next we traveled by bus to downtown where we took advantage of the new all genders restroom at Pioneer Square. A short walk took us to murals by internationally known artists Faith47 from South Africa and Rone from Australia. Next was a bus ride to Alberta Street for viewing less formal local street art and the one-of-a-kind shops. On the way back we took the streetcar down MLK, viewing street art along the way, to OMSI for that final restroom break and viewed an interesting light effect from translucent strips braided into chain-link fencing.
Leader: Wayne Wallace Hikers: Allan King, Ken Ash, Zsa DuBois, Phyllis Benanti, and Jean Massie
Trail Maintenance on Mt. View Shelter Route, June 2
On National Trails Day, our 14-person crew worked with loppers and folding saws to reclaim the route to the Mt. View Shelter that was badly overgrown with brush. Unlike the typical "brush" we cut back on hiking trails, this brush was the size of small trees and so think we could hardly tell where the route was. Our hard-working crew tackled it with gusto, clearing a 15-foot wide swath. We limbed up trees along the route and uncovered the blue poles that were engulfed in brush. It was tough working out in the sun, but at least the mosquitos didn't bother us. We cleared about half of the route, so hopefully we can finish it on the next trip on July 7. We made a big difference! Our all-star crew included Jim Todd, James Sealy, Jon Guido, Lee Slattum, Clifford Hartman, Joyce Armstrong, Katy Dockter, Matt Rieke, Paul Mosher, Bob Wagner, Lois Wagner, Steve Braden, Nathan Stiner, and leader Jean Gabriel.
Henline Mountain, May 27
Six Chemeks enjoyed a perfect "summer" day on Henline. We were surprised by bear grass, paintbrush and rhodies along the way as we trudged up the switchbacks. Hikers were: Marcia Kenagy, Angela Bailey, Joanne Schiedler, Kate Dockter, Jon Guido and Mary Coleman, leader.
Ladd’s Addition Portland Hike, May 22
We started off by walking through the maze of Ladd’s Addition’s diagonal streets enjoying the fabulous architecture of the homes and the beauty of their landscaping. We also passed by the main central rose garden and a few of the smaller satellite rose gardens in the neighborhood. Then we headed out to Hawthorne Blvd. and went east for several blocks before turning south to enter the Colonial Heights neighborhood. We continued on to the New Seasons Market on Division where we had a great lunch. Afterwards we walked through the charming Clinton and Richmond neighborhoods on the way back to our starting point. It was a hot day, so we thoroughly appreciated the shade of the beautifully tree-lined streets. On our way home, we stopped in at Salt and Straw for ice cream fortification before dealing with the predictable afternoon Portland traffic. Participants were Suzy Overturf, Lin Crimshaw, Sylvia Dawson, Janet Templar and leader Carol Soderberg.
Little North Fork, May 19
Our route took us through fresh green forest, across log bridges and the remains of log bridges, up and over one long steep scramble and along the beautiful clear green waters of the Little North Fork River. Lunch was in the sunshine on the gravel shore at the Shady Cove bridge. The group included Deanna and Tom Davis, Becky Englen, Nameun House, Lynnette Oleson, Tim Murray and Scott Torgeson, guests Traci and Dave Wilson and Phil Hopkins, and leader Vivienne Torgeson.
Brice Creek waterfalls, May 15
Four Chemeketans enjoyed sunny skies on a beautiful 6-mile hike that climbed to upper and lower Trestle Creek Falls in the Umpqua National Forest in south Lane County. We lunched overlooking a triple cascade on Brice Creek. Among the wildflowers: Oregon iris, dogwood, vanilla leaf, bleeding heart. Hikers: Eileen Harder, Nancy Mauter, Vivienne Torgeson, and Jim Sellers, leader.
Whetstone Mountain, May 14
Despite a snowy scouting trip 10 days earlier, which prevented the leader from scouting the entire hike, two chemeketans had a fine warm day to summit Whetstone Mtn. One very large downed tree on the lower part of the path constituted the biggest hiking obstacle, while many smaller logs and branches added to the challenges farther along. Flowers were few: trillium all along the way, a scattering of Lyall's anemone and Calypso orchids near the top. We had fine views of snowy peaks from Mt Hood to the Three Sisters. Jon Guido and leader Mady Kimmich
Silver Falls Hike, May 12
It was a beautiful day to enjoy a hike at Silver Falls. We saw lots of wildflowers, which Rosamund was able to identify for us. As a bonus, we were able to see even more wildflowers on display in the Lodge. Chemeketan hikers were Rosamund Irwin, Mary Elliott, Anita Owen and leader Debra Dawes.
Dog Mountain, May 11
Dog Mountain did not disappoint - the wildflowers were spectacular and views of the Gorge were perfect. There was a bitterly cold wind blowing when we reached the upper meadows but we found a little shelter for lunch before taking the Augspurger Mountain Trail back to our cars. Then, to round out a lovely day, Jay treated us all to homemade chocolate ice cream. Yum! Hikers were Tim Taylor, Nanci Chambers, Dave Foulger, Deanna Davis, Lark Reece, Lynnette Oleson, Jay Orand, Scott Torgeson, and leader Vivienne Torgeson.
Tom McCall Peak, May 8
We enjoyed a bright sunny day with magnificent wild flowers and views of the mountains. Hikers were Sylvia Dawson, Robbie Earon, Beverly Hassell and leader Rosamund Irwin
Valley of the Giants, May 2
We enjoyed a beautiful 70 degree day at the Valley of the Giants. The last few miles before reaching the trail head, we viewed the Siletz River below the road. Sunlight enhanced the view of the old growth stand along the trail. We stopped at Falls City on the way back to view the Falls. Hikers were Paul Mosher, Janet Rafalovich, Nancy Sullivan, Sara Friend, Susan Watkins, Pam and Criag Wojcik, Mary Coleman and Leader Bill Caldwell.
Woodstock and Rhododendrons Hike, May 2
We started in the Woodstock neighborhood of Portland and arrived at the pristine and serene Reed Lake on the Reed College campus. Then we walked through campus and on to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden where the tree sized bushes were in full bloom. We successfully made our way past a treacherous gang of territorial Canada geese who were guarding their goslings and exited the garden. Then we walked through a bit of the Eastmoreland neighborhood and back to Woodstock where we had a great lunch on the terrace of the New Seasons Market followed by dessert across the street at Cloud City Ice Cream. Participants were Betty Budzik, Sylvia Dawson, Judy Vaughan, Marcia Hoak, Laura Kellenbarger, Patty Schaffers, Corriene Thompson, Janet Templar and leader Carol Soderberg.
Rooster Rock, April 30
In thick fog and perfect hiking temperature, three hikers enjoyed the wooded hike up to the Rooster Rock overlook. Loads of Calypso Orchids and a scattering of other blooms graced the trail. At the top we had a brief hail shower and an even briefer opening in the clouds to show the nearby ridges. Hikers included Rob Kimmich, Sylvia de Lacy, and leader Mady Kimmich
Marys Peak , April 22
We hiked the loop consisting of the North Ridge Trail, Tie Trail and 2005 road. There were quite a few windfalls across the North Ridge Trail which required climbing over, around and under. There were also several downed trees and foot or two deep snow near the parking lot. The view from the parking lot overlook has been much improved by recent tree removal. We decided not the go to the top due to snow and a cold breeze. The start of the East Side Trail was very slippery so we returned by way of the Tie Trail. The were many patches of snow and downed limbs on this route. There has been a lot of thinning and opening up of the the surrounding forest along the 2005 road. We enjoyed dessert and conversation afterward at the New Morning Bakery. Participants were Roger Monette, Robert Wagner, Nameun House, Joanne Schiedler, Rod Shirack, Lynnette Olsen, Matt Reike, guest Jeff Heinz and ldr Bill Wylie.
"In the steps of ...", April 21
We had a gorgeous day for a very satisfying hike. From the Trappist Abbey -- where we bought fruitcakes, of course -- we hiked up to the crest and to the rustic shrine. We had lunch near the shrine, with panorama of the valley below. We shared one of the fruitcakes, and pronounced it just about the best fruitcake any of us had ever tasted! Much of the trip back down was in forest. The main wildflowers sighted were wild iris, wood violets, and lamb's tongue. This was the second year I led this hike; we thank Bill Sullivan for drawing our attention to it in the SJ. Guests were Kathy Bridges, Shawnese Murphy, and Cheryl Weatherly; members were Mary Elliott, Eileen Harder, Rebecca Horlacher, Nameun House, Rosamund Irwin, Gwyn Marsh, Rebecca Sexton, Roz Shirack, Ellen Simpson, and leader George Struble.
Tryon Creek and Elk Rock Garden Hike, April 20
We entered Tryon Creek State Park near the Lewis and Clark Law School campus and covered about 6 miles using the warren of well-marked short trails that comprise a good part of the park. We saw quite a few trilliums, most of which had turned red with age and a lot of skunk cabbage that was just coming into bloom. When we got back our starting point we continued on to the main campus to explore it. In particular we enjoyed the statues of Sacajawea with her baby Jean-Baptiste and the one of York, who was a member of the exposition as the slave of William Clark. We also visited the part of the campus that contains the Frank Manor House with its beautiful estate gardens that have a view that is centered on Mt. Hood. Then we made a short drive to have lunch at New Seasons and afterwards drove another short distance to Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop's Close which are located on a hillside estate belonging to the Episcopal Diocese overlooking the Willamette River. We spent a short while in those lovingly manicured grounds before making our way home. Participants included Kathy Annese, Sylvia Dawson, Suzy Overturf, Betsy Bures, Pam Wojcik and leader Carol Soderberg
Dimple Hill, April 18
We enjoyed hiking Dimple Hill on a mild and dry spring day. After the hike we went into Corvallis for lunch at Market of Choice. A good time was had by all! Participants were Phil Hopkins, Kurt Shaw (qualifying hike), Eileen Harder, Robbie Earon, Vickie Kimpton, Joanne Schiedler, Corriene Thompson, Doris deLespinasse (guest), and leader Beverly Hassell
Stahlman Point Hike, April 14
Great day for a hike to Stahlman Point....NO RAIN, a bit of snow on the trail and a beautiful view at the top. Chemeketan members Mary Coleman, Bev Hassell and Rebecca Sexton along with future member Lindsey Kraayenbrink accompanied leader, Eileen Harder on this close to home favorite trail.
Cascadia Petroglyphs, April 6
Ken Ash, Zsa DuBois, Rosamund Irwin, Michelle Litke, Sam Litke.
As could be expected, we departed Salem in the rain. The windshield wipers were flapping all the way to Sweet Home. By the time we reached Cascadia, the rain had slowed to a drizzle. We hiked to Soda Creek Falls before proceeding up the South Santiam To the Petroglyphs. The trail to the falls had been rocked in places and there were blown down tree limbs on the trail that actually provided traction in some of the steep, slippery places. Mud, downed large trees and a small creek crossing provided just enough obstacles to keep us focused on the trail. We spent some time studying the walls of the rock overhang and were able to make out a fair amount of petroglyphs. The sun actually joined us for our lunch along Soda Creek and the return to the parking lot.
Silver Falls Waerfall Loop, April 4
We had no rain, and even a little sun. We enjoyed the waterfalls with lots of water. It was early for wildflowers, but we did see skunk cabbage, trilliums, wood violets, and several different plants that one of our members identified as "spring beauty." Turns out that's the code for "I don't know what it is." No matter; we had a fine day. Members Marcel Conley, Bev Hassell, and George Struble, leader.
Skyline & Croisan Trails , March 28
On an early spring day we were delighted to be out hiking forest and meadows in South Salem. Good weather and friendly conversation made for a pleasant outing. Participants were Marcia Hoak, Judi Morris, Ed Mattson, Kay Duffy, Corriene Thompson, Kalina Walker on a qualifying hike, and leader Beverly Hassell.
Shellburg Falls, March 24
This was supposed to be a hike to Opal Pool; however, substantial snow in the foothills made us choose a location with better access. We found light snow in the fields at the beginning and encountered 5-6 inches on the upper parts of the Shellburg Creek and August Mountain trails. Everyone enjoyed this hike in the unusual winter setting even though conditions were sometimes slippery and strenuous. Participants were Jane Maute, Bev Hassel, Rosamund Irwin, Jim Sellers, Julie Gilreath and ldr Bill Wylie.
Bush Park, Deepwood & Willamette Hike, March 20
We met at the soap box derby sign in Bush Park and headed east and then south through the park to the Rhododendron Hillside. Then we took the bridge over Pringle Creek to 12th Street which we took to Deepwood Estate. We explored their cultivated gardens and the wildflower rich area downhill from the house where we saw hundreds of Fawn Lilies in bloom and the start of some Hooker’s Fairy Bells and Solomon Seals. Then we headed to the Willamette campus and walked through the Martha Springer Garden where we saw a lot more beautiful things in bloom or about to bloom. We continued to the Capitol Mall where the branches of the cherry trees were just starting to turn pink before their flowers broke through. On our way back to our starting point we walked through Pringle Park and stopped to explore the area where Pringle Creek and Shelton Ditch join under the Church Street Bridge. Participants were Betsy Bures who was in the process of becoming a club member, members Kathy Annese, Lin Crimshaw, Sylvia Dawson, Corriene Thompson, Greda van Veen, Pam Wojcik, Robert Roner and leader Carol Soderberg.
Fitton Green, March 18
The day was cloudy, but we had very little precipitation. Trail conditions were good with few muddy spots. We had a clear view of Marys Peak and Kings Valley. A majority of our hikers had never been to Fitton Green before. Participants were Margaret Saxe, Silvia Dawson, John Huff, Rosanne Wilson, Alice Liffey, Ann Bonds, Ellen Gradison, Ken Ash, Zsa Dubois and Ldr Bill Wylie.
Balch Creek Hike, March 7
Though this event was listed as a “Balch Creek” hike the Lower Macleay trial was closed for repairs so I had to reinvent the route to bypass that area. We started out by taking some of the steep streets of Willamette Heights to the Aspen Trail which took us to the Wildwood Trail. We took that to the Birch Trail which dumped us out on NW 53rd Street. That took us to Holman Lane which is an improved dirt road. The portion that we were on was downhill and slick with mud which was a sort of a challenge to navigate. That took us back into Willamette Heights. From there we headed to Besaw's in the Slabtown district where we had a fabulous lunch to end our day. We all had a wonderful time despite my having a couple of “hiccups” along the way with figuring out the route. Participants were members Kathy Annese, Sylvia Dawson, Judy Vaughan, Janet Templar, Suzy Overturf, Nancy Rockwell and Trish Rossitto. Also on the trip were Julie Gilbreath and Betsy Bures who were in the process of becoming members and leader Carol Soderberg.
Cascade Head Hike, March 4
Six eager hikers ventured out on this clear, sunny day with just enough wind to keep us from overheating. The winter rains left the trail a bit muddy in places, but we all managed to stay upright through the whole hike .The views of the Salmon River and the blue Ocean were spectacular and hiking with this fun group made it even more enjoyable. Participants were, members: Ken Ash, Zsa Dubois.Guests: Lark Reece, Lindsey Butterworth, Ed Mattson and leader Margaret Saxe.
Mt Hood Snowshoe, March 3
This was the 2nd official snowshoe of the year! The leader chose to do Trillium Lake. It was a great day, with great weather and great snow. Robert Wagner came from West Linn and met us at Government Camp. Jay Orand came from Hood River and met us at the parking lot. Others in attendance where Lynnette Olesen, Becky Englen, Barb Schram, Tom Davis and leader Deanna Davis.
Silver Falls Hike, February 18
I couldn't believe the ominous forecast kept my fellow Chemeketans away, but Chemeketan-to-be-Anne Reiling and I had a great time hiking at Silver Falls. The paths were just wet (not slippery) and there was lots of water falling over the falls. The light snow and beautiful snow on the trees were a bonus. It was getting snowier when we got out of the canyon, so our timing was great.
Engelwood/State Hospital Hike, February 15
It was a beautiful sunny day for a hike. Starting from Engelwood School we walked down 21st Street noting the interesting houses. Then we paid our historic respects to Jason Lee and other early Salem residents at the Lee Cemetery and to past residents of the State Hospital at the memorial columbarium on the State Hospital grounds. We can also attest that the coffee and cinnamon rolls at Fresh Start Market are delicious and that the Master Gardeners are gearing up for plant season. Enjoying the day were members Kay Duffey, Karen Waggoner Robert Roner, Greda van Veen, leader Pat Simila.
Shellburg Falls, February 11
It was a cool and cloudy day with a couple of showers along the way. We hiked past the falls, camp ground and returned by way of the August Mountain Trail. We also used the Chemeketan Tail created by our trail maintenance team in 2016. There was a stop for refreshments and visit at the Gingerbread House afterward. Participants were Roz Shirack, Trish Rissitto, Clifford Hartman, Joyce Armstrong and ldr Bill Wylie.
Milwaukie and MAX Hike, February 10
We took the Trolley Trail north from Oak Grove to Milwaukie and passed by their beautiful new riverfront park. Then we continued north to Sellwood and wandered through that neighborhood’s lovely streets to New Seasons where we took a long break to kill time since we had a late lunch reservation at Papa Haydn East. Since we had time on our hands, as we continued toward the restaurant we stopped in at some of the shops in downtown Sellwood and meandered through most of the streets along the way. We eventually got to Papa Haydn East and had a fabulous meal. Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience. After lunch we walked another mile north into Brooklyn where we got on the Orange Line MAX which we took south to its final stop. After we got off the train we had a short half a mile walk back to our starting point. As usual one of the best parts of the day was the wonderful group of folks on the trip. Participants were members Sylvia Dawson, Susan Hoskins, Susan Arbor, Judy Vaughan, Phyllis Benanti, Nameun House, Kay Duffey, Patty Schaffers, Greda van Veen and leader Carol Soderberg.
Little North Fork Santiam, February 3
We had a fantastic group of hikers, mostly Non-Members that wanted to get out and enjoy the fresh air of the Little N.Fork Santiam River Canyon. Was a persistent drizzle, but not cold and not enough to stop us. The river was high and beautiful. The trail is in good shape, but we did get stopped at about the 2 mile mark at a creek crossing that we felt better not to take the risk of crossing, so instead turned back and did take a side spur over looking the river. Hikers were Teresa Amen, Namum House, Delmy Edwards, Karla Ridling, Valerie Reynolds, Deb Jepsen, Patrick Harasims, and Leader Rick Jorgensen. Thanks for coming.
Mt Pisgah, January 28
We had a rare 62 degree January day with clear skies for the hike. We started from the North trailhead and traversed the length of the ridge heading South. At the summit we had views of Diamond Peak and The Sisters as well as the Southern Willamette valley. On the return we went through the arboretum and ran into Eugene Chemeketan Mari Baldwin. Judging by the signs we did five plus miles. Hikers were Zsa DuBois, Eileen Harder, Ken Ash, Tim Taylor, Jason McHuff, first timer Don Orrick, and leader John Huff.
Shellurg Falls, January 27
The weather forecast was less than ideal: probability of rain 74% with 22 mph winds, in other words sideways rain. It didn't turn out that way, only a little rain heavy drizzle at the beginning and practically no wind. The hike was pleasant as we hiked to the three falls and the Vine Maple loop. We saw two Dunn's salamanders and several Oregon Newts, Zsa was the champion newt spotted by being first to spot over half the newts we saw. Chemeketan members: Ken Ash, Zsa DuBois, and GwenEllyn Anderson. Leader: Wayne Wallace
Cape Lookout, January 20
Six of us weather-optimists were rewarded; the rain stopped just as we drove into the trailhead parking lot, and we stayed dry for the whole hike. We even had some sunshine, and just one small sprinkle. The wind picked up, but was not cold. We were reminded of one of the reasons we love Oregon forests: they stay green in the winter, with salal, ferns, moss, and the sitka spruces. Guests Dennis Dunn and Patrick Harkins; members GwenEllyn Anderson, Mary Elliott, Rosamund Irwin, and George Struble, leader.
Fitton Green, January 14
It was a sunny, cold and calm day. Fog was present just as we reached Corvallis. Fitton Green was above the fog and there was a spectacularly clear view to the coast range. We returned by way of the Mulkey Creek trail where there has been clearing for restoration of the oak forest. We had a good visit afterward at the New Morning Bakery. Participants were Rob Shirack, Nameun House, Lark Reece and Ldr Bill Wylie.
Shellburg Falls, January 13
January is supposed to be cold and wet. Not on this day! Temp was in the low 50's and nary a rain cloud in site. A GREAT group of folks hiked throughout the State Recreation Area. We hiked over the back hill and the full length of the August Mountain trail as well as the two sections of the Vine Maple trail and, of course under the waterfall. We saw the various sections of trail that the Chemeketans trail maintenance crew worked on a couple of years ago which includes an extension of 0.4 mile to the August Mountain trail. I tried to take credit for the great weather but it was just luck. Leader M. Rieke, guests Eileen Harder, Nameun House,Tanya Johnson, Judy Coyle, Rosanne Wilson, Lark Reece, Rebecca Sexton, Sylvia Dawson, Barbara Skog and Maureen Bouchard.
William L. Finley NWR, January 7
Members Ted Young, Susan Hoskins, Robbie Earon, Gayle Smith, Diana Gleason and Randy Selig and guests Carol Jones, Linda Moore and Don Upjohn joined leader Georgienne Young to hike at William L. Finley on two connecting trails, the Woodpecker Loop and the Mill Hill Loop for a total of 5.1 miles. Our bird sightings included a magnificent pair of Hooded Mergansers. The forecast for today had not been promising but we got lucky in having dry skies until we were all back in our cars heading to Corvallis New Morning Bakery for well earned refreshments following the activity.
New Year’s Day Salem Hike, January 1
The weather was wonderful on New Year’s Day, so we had a huge turnout for this local urban hike. Seventeen of us wandered through Bush Park then crossed the bridge over Pringle Creek and continued to the gardens at Deepwood Estate. Then we headed to the Willamette campus and walked through the Martha Springer garden where there were a huge number of Mallard ducks congregated on the Mill Race. We crossed State Street and walked around the Capitol grounds a bit before heading back to the Trade Street underpass which took us to Pringle Plaza. Then we walked through downtown and continued to Riverfront Park where we checked out the skating rink. We walked out onto the Minto Brown Island bridge and paused to enjoy the sun shining on the river. There were a ton of folks out and about in Riverfront Park and at Minto Brown soaking up the sunshine. We headed back through downtown and on to Pringle Park on our way back to our starting point. It was a wonderful hike made perfect by the congenial participants. Participants were guests, Sue Sergeant, Tonya Johnson, Julie Gilreath and members, Sylvia Dawson, Janet Templar, Kathy Rutherford, Pat Simila, Gayle Smith, Lin Crimshaw, Pam Wasson, GwenEllyn Anderson, Greda van Veen, Susan Hoskins, Suzanne Reingans, Paul Mosher, Denise Mosher and leader Carol Soderberg.