This is an afternoon hike. It has been moved to Sunday because the weather looks much better in the mountains then, and I am being forced to work on Saturday too. Meet us in the parking area just north of French Press Cafe on South Commercial, or join us inside before 1pm for coffee or espresso.
Here is a link to the weather for the area (NOAA still working :-)
We will be hiking the scenic Spotted Owl Loop trail, part of the South Breitenbush Gorge Trail, (Hike listed in most Oregon Hiking guides including William Sullivan's Central Cascades book) and this is a great hike for the fall. It is a 4.5 mile loop, but we can lengthen that if folks need more of a workout, by hiking part way up nearby Devils Peak, or just doing a side trail off the loop. The Spotted Owl Trail wanders through much old growth, and crosses the river 2 or 3 times on footbridges. There should be good fall color on the hike. Starting point for the hike is about 10 minutes past Detroit.
This hike will be more of the relaxed / social pace variety, and the weather forecast is good. If it changes to look wet and cold I would take that into consideration and postpone, but right now the second half of the week looks really good.
After hike options include pizza & beer at Giovanni's in Mill City, or possibly a hot springs soak. I will take into consideration what folks feel like doing. Being that the hike time frame is about 2 - 5 pm, dinner afterwards would be very easy.
I will try to respond to any questions you have in a timely manner.