Bullpup Lake - July 7, 2012
Coordinator Jane Flewelling, narration and pictures by Bill Riley

On Saturday the Friends of the Umpqua Hike Club traveled up Highway 138 to the Steam Boat Bridge, turning left onto a road which follows Steam Boat Creek. We drove up road 300 then ended up on a gravel road 3850. Took us about two hours to reach the trail head to Bull Pup creek.

Since this was Graffidii weekend, Jane, Lois, John, Edwin, Gary and Nancy prehiked the trail the previous Wednesday. Jane led our group on Saturday. There were only 8 in our group including Jane.

We started about 10:10 and hiked up hill for about 2 1/2 miles to a ridge which gave us a view of the Sisters mountains in Eastern Oregon and Shasta and Bailey also. It was warm but because of the altitude, about 5800 feet we didn't feel the heat but were more bothered by the mosquitoes. Bug spray helped a bit. We saw lots of large trees, Douglas Fir, Hemlock and I believe Shasta Fir which had a much smoother bark than the Douglas Fir.

Also lots and lots of Rhodies. Couldn't tell if they were through blooming or had not yet bloomed. Also saw quite  few red and pink flowers. There were lots of dead trees but Jim Paris said that was normal considering the age of the forest and the altitude. We were back to our cars by 1330 hrs so just a bit over 3 1/2 hours. One of the pictures shows Bull Dog Rock. We did not go that far but it is rumored that Edwin may have gone that far on Wednesday. All down hill on the return leg. Except for a very short bit of brush hacking to reach the hill top in order to view Bulldog Rock and Thielson it was a very easy, open trail.


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