The Peak View
Marys Peak Group – Sierra Club
P.O Box 863, Corvallis, OR 97339
Serving members in Lincoln, Benton, Marion, Polk and Linn Counties
July 29, 2018
Here are our activities in the next 2 weeks ……
Mon., August 6th – Rescheduled Cheadle Lake Hike – Mary Beth Downes
Sat., August 11th – Swimmable Santiam Lake – Robert Verhoogen
And here are the details….
Monday, August 6th – Rescheduled Cheadle Lake Hike. 8:00 to 12N – 1PM
This is an easy morning hike with no elevation change and 4 miles of paved and gravel paths to explore. Cheadle Lake is a very pretty little lake just south of the Walmart in Lebanon. It has a paved path which goes the length of this lake filled with lily pads and ducks, alongside a canal with lush foliage. In the center of the lake is an island with “fingers” that can be individually explored, full of benches and places to just sit and soak up a little sun and listen to birdsong. The early departure is because there is almost no shade on this hike. There is a nice cool breeze that blows off the lake. Because it is rated Easy, it is a good hike for everyone. If you want to bring children or grandchildren over the age of 6, they would definitely enjoy this hike! You will need water, a sunshade hat, hiking shoes or comfortable shoes (there are gravel paths on the island) and a morning snack. Binoculars and a camera might be fun as twice I have spotted blue herons there. Sunblock or something to prevent sunburn is advised. We will meet at NW 1st and NW Tyler behind the Super 8 in Corvallis for an 8 am departure. To sign up contact Mary Beth Downes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 541 250-2563.
Saturday, August 11th – Swimmable Santiam Lake.
We will visit two very scenic lakes amidst the forests west of Three Fingered Jack in the Jefferson Wilderness Area. Santiam Lake is in an incredibly picturesque setting with its wildflowers and reflection of Jack.The trail climbs 750 feet in elevation over 3.3 miles through a forest of Douglas-fir and hemlock along the then usually dry North Santiam River to Duffy Lake. We’ll stop there to eat lunch and view its own lovely setting, before continuing on to Santiam Lake for an after-lunch swim. The trail from Duffy to the latter is a short 1.4 miles with a gain of 450 feet in elevation! That part of the trail itself is surrounded by lush greenery and, in some areas, by small and more open meadows with wildflowers. The weather is likely to be on the hot side, making it rather inviting and comfortable to swim in the very clear but cold water of Santiam before starting our return to the trailhead. Moderate level 9.4-mile hike. Pre-registration limited to 12 in a wilderness area – priority to swimmers. Departure at 7:30 am with return around 5:30 pm. Contact leader: Robert Verhoogen, at email@example.com or 541 207-5878.