24-Nov-2000 -- While visiting relatives in Springfield for Thanksgiving, I decided
to make an attempt at N44W122. This confluence is somewhat remote and
resides a few miles within the boudaries of the Three Sisters Wilderness area.
As motorized vehicles are forbidden in wilderness areas, I knew some hiking
would be required and prepared accordingly. According to topos, the most
likely route would be to park near the wilderness border just south of Lamb
Butte and hike in on existing roads until just east of Ollalie Landing Field and
head into the forest with about .5 mile to the confluence.
The drive took me north out of Springfield, OR on Rt 126 to McKenzie
Bridge. Here, I turned east on Horse Creek Rd. and followed it into the forest.
The paved road quickly vanished and I continued on the gravel forest road
until I reached FS356. Followed FS356 for a few miles as it wound it's way
higher into the hills. Being Nov 24th, it didn't take long until I reached the snow
line at approximately 3500 feet. I continued higher until, around the 4500 foot
level, the snow was deep enough that I was losing traction in my stock Jeep
Grand Cherokee. I'm sure I could've continued with minor effort, but being
alone, I decided this wasn't the time or place to tempt fate. As a regular
participant in SAR activities, I know the risks to both victims and searchers
and didn't need to put myself or potential rescuers at risk should I get into
trouble. My common sense got the better of me and I decided to consider
this a successful reconessance run and make another attempt next spring
when the snow level isn't so high.