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 didn’t realized I was still a little weak from being sick last week until I was hiking uphill.
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 – 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 husband’s 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!