20-Aug-2001 -- My son Drew and I headed out in the morning for the three-
hour drive to Days Creek. From Days Creek, we followed the
topographical map for one-hour drive on some roads that
started paved and ended up as two parallel tracks separated
by tall grass. The closest point on the trail was about a
quarter mile from the confluence. We hiked back and forth
on the trail looking for a decent opening in the brush to
make our descent easier, but without success, so we plunged
into the foliage. The slope down to the confluence was
quite steep, with an approximate loss in elevation of 400
feet. We clambered down over rotting logs and burned
stumps from some not-too-ancient fire. Most of the new
trees looked maybe ten years old. The ground was gravelly
so the young pine trees provided good handholds to prevent
a fall into the gully.
Looking across the gulch, it was clear to see that the
opposite hill had been completely logged. From top to
bottom, the cleared hill is over 1000 vertical feet high.
Our climb back to the top was a real workout. We went
directly up, hand over hand using the smaller trees for
assistance. The hike down and back up took almost two
On the drive back home we saw smoke from several of the
currently active wildfires in Oregon. Fortunately, none of
them were near enough to affect our trip.