Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crescent Mountain

One of the Old Cascade peaks, Crescent Mountain is named for its quarter moon shape. There are two high points along the mountain; one was the site of an old fire lookout that is now nothing but a pile of debris and fading memories.

The hike up Crescent Mountain from the FR 508 trailhead, climbs steadily up through old growth and second growth forests, traverses through wildflower meadows and swaths of bracken ferns, up to the peak's high point at over 5790'. Although one gains over 2000 on this climb, the steady progression of switchbacks minimizes the inclines.

On a recent July outing, the clarity of the sky enhanced the view from Mt. Adams to the north to Diamond Peak to the south. All of the high Cascade crest peaks were out in their splendor - Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, and Mt. Hood.