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CONC Members Hike Along Roaring McKenzie River

Central Oregon Nordic Club members split up for different hiking options along the thundering McKenzie River on Sunday, May 20.

“Three hiked the 10 miles down from Clear Lake to Trail Bridge, and three hiked upstream,” says group leader Linda Frost. “Five went in from Trail Bridge to the gushing falls at Tamalich Pool, about four miles. Three did the four-mile loop down and around the upper falls from Clear Lake to Carmen Reservoir.

“The trail below Carmen had just opened, so the trail above Tamalich Pool was not crowded. There was lots of water rushing along, dogwood blooming and green, green maple trees.”

Hiker Thom Iverson noted that Sunday turned into a “sunny bluebird day” despite the forecast for rain.

“The McKenzie River was roaring, and part of the trail had recently been opened after being closed due to flooding,” he reports. “This meant we had the rare treat of the Blue Pool waterfall flowing at full blast.  A good time was had by all.”

(Photos by Thom Iverson. More can be seen right here:

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