Tipsoo Peak - October 24, 2015
Coordinator John Malone, narration by Bill Reilly and Lois Soulia and pictures by Bill Reilly
It was a great turnout for the hike yesterday, 16 hikers and two dogs. The weather was typical for the time of year, cloudy and in the 40’s. The Tipsoo Peak hike is one of the club’s favorites. It is 6. 43 miles long according to Gary’s Map My Hike figures and it only took about 3 1/2 hours. The pace was brisk like the wind. The temperature at the trail head was 46 degrees at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Gary figured it was 8,000 feet at the top so temperature would have been about 42 degrees. There was a blustering wind at the top which caused some hikers to lunch in crevices or behind the ridge boulders.
At the top, hikers took in the always amazing view of the surrounding area in spite of the lingering smoke from the Crater Lake area fires. Lemolo Lake showed the result of the severe summer drought with its wide sandy tan beaches circling the lake much larger than normal and much less water for this time of year. On the way home, in one carload, Edwin displayed his incredible knowledge of the area by showing his car mates a huge vein of petrified wood visible from Hwy. 138 close to the Weeping Rocks.
It was nice to see some of the hikers who hadn’t been on hikes with the group for a while. Lynda came from Bend where she now lives to join the group, because she likes to do the hike for her birthday.
Thanks go to John for coordinating this great hike.
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club