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Hiking Matthieu Lakes & new trail

Monday, September 16, 2013

I led a hike to Matthieu Lakes on Saturday. Eight hikers joined me on this beautiful 6 mile loop trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness. I didnít realized I was still a little weak from being sick last week until I was hiking uphill. emoticon But I did okay, and everyone had a good time.

Hikers at the trailhead.

There were interesting mushrooms growing in the woods. We thought these might be a variety of amanitas, which can be deadly or hallucinogenic. Many people have died seeking the hallucinogenic variety Ė but finding poison instead.

The elevation gain was gradual, but we did get some great views.

North and Middle Sister from the trail.

The lakes were delightful. The first lake is in an alpine bowl, and the second is in the woods with a lava wall behind it.

On Sunday I went on a new trail with SF SpunkyLB. The trail was above the Deschutes River Canyon, and the portion that was completed was wonderful. Unfortunately the trail ended at a private dirt road after about a mile, and we got lost trying to find the promised river access while remaining on public BLM land. We started back, and SpunkyLB became violently ill. (I was sick last week; I think there is an outbreak of Norovirus going around. While I was home ill, she attended at a party where the guest of honor became very ill). She was dizzy and weak after suffering diarrhea and nausea; she was not able to hike out. I hiked solo back to her car, and discovered that the keys she had given me were to her husbandís truck. I was VERY lucky -- another car came by and drove me back to rescue her.

So I actually am really glad that we did not get down to the river at the bottom of the steep canyon. I think I would have had to call Search and Rescue if we were down in the canyon!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BJPENNY70 9/23/2013 11:21PM

    Thank you, Ali for, as always, sharing such beauty with us! I am so glad you got your friend out without a big problem.

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KULTJAM 9/17/2013 6:21PM

  Beautiful views, OMG I'm so envious of you for having such a stunning place to hike. So sorry to hear about your friend. Good to hear that you're better and you didn't take those extra steps down the canyon.

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1BEACHWALKER 9/17/2013 1:37AM

    Beautiful hike! Sorry your friend got sick...that would be scary! Hope she is ok now! emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 9/16/2013 12:36PM

    Goodness, what an experience. It's a good thing you didn't go down into the canyon. Glad that you're recovering, and hope that your friend feels better soon. Beautiful pictures, by the way.
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    Looks like an awesome hike! Sorry about your friend getting sick on the Sunday hike - hope she recovers soon.

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DR1939 9/16/2013 8:32AM

    How scary. About two years ago my husband had a TIA while we were walking out of cellphone range. I ran all the way back to the car (and I'm not a runner). By the time I got back to him, he was fine. About 2 months later he had a series of very small strokes. Luckily he is doing quite well, but was that ever a scary situation.

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/16/2013 2:03AM

    Such a gorgeous hike on Saturday!!! I loved the views and the lake. I must say I never pick any mushroom, I am too scared!
I am so sorry for what happened on Sunday though... but it could have been much worse indeed! I hope you both recover quickly.

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