Well, I really wanted to hike the south part of the Baty Butte Trail (I did the north part a few weeks ago), and I know the time is running out for high elevation trails. So, I used one of my few remaining vacation days today and went up and hiked from the 7010-160 spur down to Joyce Lake. It couldn't have been a nicer day to do it. The views were outstanding, the temperature was nice-a little cool first thing in the morning, but as the day wore on, it was really nice. I got a special treat on the way up-I got a beautiful view of the Clackamas drainage that was all draped in fog. The trail was above the fog, and it was pretty cool to see.
The trail condition varies from really nice to very poor, depending on where it is. I was able to find my way without too much difficulty. The notes on the trail page were helpful, but the one place I had trouble wasn't mentioned. It was a rock slide that had become overgrown with vine maple and it was impossible to see the trail. I did some trimming in that area to help with the problem, however I ran out of time before finishing the whole section. The section of trail from Joyce Lake up to the ridge has been completely re-worked. Sawing out logs, brushing and even tread work. That part of the trail is beautiful-someone spent a lot of time working on it. The section from the spur road to the junction, and probably the first mile of trail is in very good shape. It has has quite a bit of work as well. After that, the trail comes and goes, sometimes very brushy, sometimes very faint. I kept my eye on the blazes, cut logs, and tread and was able to find my way fine.
One thing I did see – SNOW. Not a lot, but it won't be long before trails like this are gone for the winter…..
It was a long hike, and my legs are complaining tonight but it was well worth it. A very nice trail – glad I burned the vacation day…..
Here is a picture of the fog in the Clackamas Valley-You can't see it very well, but Olallie Butte has a white top now:
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