Return to Fish Creek Mountain


It’s always fun to return to a hike done many years ago, especially if it’s no longer a well-maintained trail. Exploration is always a treat.

The current trail to 5,100-foot Fish Creek Mountain begins at the end of a dirt road southeast of Estacada, Oregon.

Close to twenty years ago the access road to the old trailhead was closed. Now one gets an adventure finding a new rough access trail built by volunteers. The trail is steep and not very well marked.

The old fire lookout site on top of the mountain is now fully overgrown with noble firs well over my head. Still there were views to Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood.

An extra treat was a 500-foot descent below the summit on another rough trail to a very pretty cirque lake (High Lake) formed by a receding glacier long ago.

What could be better on a mid-August hike?

High Lake

High Lake

Saprophyte

Corpse Plant

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

Fireweed (terrible name for such a beautiful flower)

Fireweed (terrible name for such a beautiful flower)

Young love (Fritillary Butterflies)

Young love (Fritillary Butterflies)

Ripe Huckleberries

Ripe Huckleberries

Oh no! Huckleberries picking up their beautiful fall colors. It's way too early for that!

Oh no! Huckleberries picking up their beautiful fall colors. It’s way too early for that!

Noble Fir cone

Noble Fir cone

Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

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