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Re: [hiking-309] New Meetup: The Ochocos: Mill Creek and the Twin Pillars

From: Neil
Sent on: Monday, July 7, 2008 7:10 PM
Nicole, Aspen and I were on the trail about a month ago. The water was really high at that point. We found a Rubber Boa and some wild onions near the trail. It was a very nice area. The water was too high to wade safely when we were there. I suspect it will be lower as most of the snow there is probably gone already. The Ochocos are much lower than the Cascades.

I think we will be out of town, but if our trip plans fall through we might join you.

We did two hikes Saturday off the McKenzie River/Hwy 126 area. We were hitting 3-4 ft deep snow a little below 5000'. 


----- Original Message ----
From: Tom Ryan <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, July 7,[masked]:45:40 PM
Subject: [hiking-309] New Meetup: The Ochocos: Mill Creek and the Twin Pillars

Announcing a new Meetup for The Bend Hiking Meetup Group!

What: The Ochocos: Mill Creek and the Twin Pillars

When: July 12,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The high trails are still clogged with snow so let's go explore a gem of the Ochocos. The trail to the Twin Pillars follows Mill creek for 3.5 miles then climbs steeply for a further 2 miles to the base of the 300-foot high spires of the twin pillars. The first part of the hike is through cool forests and wildflower meadows along the banks of the creek. There are up to 8 stream crossings - so don't come if you don't like to get your feet wet. The second half is a tough slog through the remains of an old burn. The trail is steep and littered with blowdown. It is not easy.

Because of the warm weather - and the fact that the final climb is in full sun - we will have an early start so we can avoid the worst of the heat.

Meet at Starbucks in the Cascades Village (by World Market) at 7am on Saturday 12th. The drive takes over one hour so let's aim to be hiking by 8:30.

Bring plenty water and, once again, your feet will get wet!!!


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