Friday, July 12, 2013

Iron Mountain

Hiked the Iron Mountain loop on Friday. Great weather, cool in the shady forests and good vistas from the observation point. There was a good diversity of wildflowers, although the recent spell of dry weather had taken its toll. Some were already setting seed and others were just not in extravagant numbers. Still nice, but a shade past the peak. Still, a moderate display here is comparable to a fantastic display in some other areas.

We hiked up the east side to Cone Peak, then across to Iron Mountain and up to the observation deck. On the way down, we crossed Highway 20 and hiked the Santiam Wagon Road trail back to Tombstone Pass. About a 6.8 mile loop, although my GPS conked out at one point and underestimated the mileage...

At the summit


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