Frog Pond - Cameron Meadow Loop 3-26-14

The Minority Report

We decided to do the hike as a shuttle, dropping a car at the Cameron Meadow TH on the way up and then continuing on to the Frog Pond TH. We couldn't drive quite to the Frog Pond TH because the Frog Creek ford just before the TH was washed out. So we left the cars there and proceeded on foot across the ford to start the hike.

The weather forecast was for a 100% chance of rain and a temperature of around 40oF. The temperature forecast turned out to be accurate, but there was a bit of a miss on the rain. We started in a mix of rain and snow that very quickly turned into all snow. By the time we got to Frog Pond we were traipsing through 6" or so of nice new fresh snow.

Above Frog Pond we enjoyed a combination of snow-whacking and trail following as we made our way up to Cameron Meadow where we had lunch in a copse of trees to shelter from the snowfall. There was a very brief flash of sunlight at lunch before we started our wander across Cameron Meadow in a foot of snow in search of the trail down. After a few creek crossings and bush-whacks we found the trail and made our way down to the TH. I am happy to report that all nine hikers survived the ordeal.

The Frog Pond trail is in OK condition with a few deadfall. However, the Cameron Meadow trail is becoming quite overgrown.

As expected, we stopped at the Country Club on the way back.

 

The Hank Report

OK! This time (if you do not know what I am talking about, click on the definitive description link) it was a cake walk, at least relatively. Dan said that 40 people had clicked on the link below and we ended up with 9 who could not believe that it would be near as bad. Note that at least one of the group (an acknowledged Luddite) would probably not have been there had he/she read it. Compared to my prior report, this hike only took 4.75 hours, and we were only looking for the trail for maybe an hour or so. Our fearless leader had the wisdom to make the hike a shuttle, so  that we skipped the 2.5 miles on the road. (He claims it is only 2.3 miles.) And we did not have to ford the torrent running over the road, so no squishy boots, which was good since we were doing the hike in the reverse direction. This later decision was so that we would not have to go through the extended process of the last hike finding he Frog Pond trail. Which did work, at least until we got to Frog Pond. (See Dan's hike description.)

Now (as Dan has pointed out) as to the weather, the forecast was for rain, a lot. The good news was that it did not rain. The bad news is that it snowed and had snowed over night, up to six inches or so at the highest elevations. Now this is much better than the 2 - 4 feet that we had the last time. But.... it still hid the trail  once we reached Frog Pond. Still the bush/snow whacking was a breeze compared to the last hike here.

However, where our leader found a sunny area with bare rocks to sit on the last time, this time we found  a little shelter in the trees in the snow to have a Hank lunch of which even Annie approved. Then we went on a walkabout to find the trail to go down. If Dan posts the actual track, it will remind some of a prior hike on the upper Rogue, where we threw in a circle, just for fun. The next hour (maybe a slight exaggeration) was spent wandering around maybe on the trail for some of the time but who could tell. We finally found the trail down and did not lose anyone in the process.

So far as I know there were no serious injuries from the many falls along the way. One member was complaining of a sore wrist, severity TBD.

Still, as I said earlier, it was a cake walk, Even  though there was a lot of muttering at the rear of the line (I was sweep) as to  the quality of the leadership, I for one appreciate the fact that Dan got us back in  one piece and we had time to stop at the Country Club on our way home. (Except for those who were so cold that they went directly back to Ashland!)

Respectfully submitted,

Hank

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