Celebration Hike 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act - French Pete Area

Celebration Hike 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act


Description: In Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in September, we will hike a beautiful trail along a pristine mountain stream in the French Pete area of the Three Sisters Wilderness.  We will start at the upper trailhead and hike downhill.  French Pete was added to the Three Sisters Wilderness in 1978.  During this hike, at several waypoints I will present an account of the history of the wilderness act and the battles the Sierra Club and other environmental groups fought and won that resulted in the inclusion of this lovely old growth forest.  Join us for this beautiful and educational walk through Oregon’s wilderness history.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WILDERNESS: Hiking groups in Wilderness areas are limited by law to 12 or fewer participants.  If you sign-up and find you can't attend, please remove your RSVP so someone else can attend.

Location: East Fork Trail, French Pete section of Three Sisters Wilderness
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6.5 miles downhill along East Fork South Fork McKenzie River

Preparation: wear sturdy, mud-resistant hiking shoes or boots, and bring rain gear and warm layers of clothing. Bring plenty of water, your lunch and snacks.

Dog Policy: This is a no dog outing

More Information: We'll meet at 9:00am (please be a few minutes early) for a brief introduction and sign-in, then divide into carpools and head for the trail.  The trailhead is off forest road 1993 about an hour and fifteen minutes from Eugene.  We should be back in Eugene by 4:00 PM.  Please share expenses with your driver.

A $3 suggested donation to help support our outings program would be greatly appreciated.

About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations.  The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide.  The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties.  Please let us know us if you would like to join our conservation and environmental protection efforts.  We also appreciate donations to support our outings and conservation programs.


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  • sharen

    My 1st hike in a true 'Wilderness' setting * Am so-o appreciative of the opportunity I stumbled onto, when I signed on for this hike and this group. Enjoyed the day with newly-opened eyes; work to protect our 'Wilderness' ! Gorgeous area, perfect setting for our lunchtime sharing & regroup. Thank You, everyone ...

    September 7

  • Pam M.

    I really enjoyed today's hike! Wonderful meeting all of you! And we escaped the heat!

    September 6

  • Larry


    September 6

  • Julie B.

    I won't be able to join all of you. Darn!

    September 4

  • Wendy K.

    I'm sorry for the short notice but I have to bow out.

    September 3

    • Richard

      Hi Wendy, sorry you can't make it. Thanks for updating your RSVP.

      1 · September 4

  • Bill K.

    Would have loved to go on this but a friends funeral is Saturday so have to cancel.

    September 2

    • Richard

      Hi Bill, I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I think we'll get back to this trail in the near future.

      September 3

    • Richard

      Bill, could you please change your RSVP? I can do that for you if you'd prefer.

      September 3

  • Joe S.

    I'm glad to have the opportunity to sign in on this (but only at last space # 12) after being told about it by someone else already going. Apparently she gets an email notice on these hikes to sign up- I don't. This has happened before.
    What can I/we do to change this and get notice when an event is posted?

    August 21

    • Richard

      Joe, this is not something I can control -- I believe it's the member who can configure settings for each Meetup group.

      August 21

    • Joanna

      Joe, If you look to the far right of the row of links below the name of each meetup group you join(ed) you'll see "my profile." Place your curser over that link and you'll get a popup window. Click on "email and notifications" then choose which options you would like to activate.

      August 21

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