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Mount Bailey climb

July 25 to July 27, 2014

Coordinator: Bill Nelson

Summit Altitude: 8300 feet
Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
Round-trip Distance: 10 miles
Excursion Time: 7 hours (car-to-car)

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Friday 7/25 Bill and friends arrived at Diamond Lake CG early afternoon. We bicycled and swam in the warm lake under clear blue skies. Fritz C. and Mary J. arrived late on Friday evening.

Saturday we had a leisurely breakfast and took the short drive to the lower Mt.Bailey trailhead. Started trail at about 10:00am anticipating a return in about seven hours to the car. It was hot out and we did not make as good time as we would have liked. The trail was mostly shaded, good, smooth and even and without bad footing until the last 800 vertical feet or so.

This trail has a bit of a rock navigation issue before the summit which may preclude casual hikers. We returned to the car at around 6:00pm.. We could look forward to a nice lake swim or campground shower!

Saturday night we camped again at Diamond lake CG. Sunday we broke camp and departed.

Bill and company drove back via Oregon route 138 toward Roseburg, stopping at various viewpoints/waterfalls. It also provided views of the beautiful Umpqua river. Summary: Highly recommended.

Post Script: at this time of year there seemed to be very few mosquitoes at the Diamond Lake area. Easily dealt with with a very small amount of repellent.


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