In mid-October I drove to 4,500-foot Cachebox Meadows near Graham Pass in the Mt. Hood National Forest. When I have the time it’s pleasant to drive over Graham Pass on the way to Central Oregon.
The Rho Ridge Trail began by climbing through an old clear-cut. The bright reds of some remaining huckleberry leaves lined the path in places, as did colorful maple and vine maple leaves. The Trail then entered a mature hemlock forest for the next mile.
Upon reaching a nice meadow, the Hawk Mountain Trailhead was reached. From there it was a short one-half mile ascent to reach the 5,300-foot top of the Mountain.
There is an old historical lookout cabin still standing at the summit. On a clear day there would have been a magnificent view of Mt. Jefferson. Still, the vistas extended from Olallie Butte to Three Fingered Jack. After leaving the summit I took a slow and enjoyable hike back to the Trailhead.