A Hike for Altitude


Living near sea level, I tend to run out of energy exercising above 6,000 feet.

Since all the interesting alpine hikes in the summer and early fall are at or above 6,000 feet, I look to do a few higher-elevation conditioning hikes.

In early August I drove to Timberline Lodge at 5,900 feet and began hiking up the south climbing trail on a gorgeous day.

Nearing the top of the Palmer Lift at about 8,000 feet, I looped back to the southwest through the rocky terrain. Eventually I hit the Pacific Crest Trail and hiked back to the Lodge.

A very nice way to spend the morning.

Mt. Hood rising above a field of Lupine

Mt. Hood rising above a field of Lupine

Skiers on the Palmer Glacier

Skiers on the Palmer Glacier

Pink Alpine Lupine

Pink Alpine Lupine

Mt. Jefferson behind the top of Timberline Lodge

Mt. Jefferson (Broken Top and the Three Sisters are visible in the far distance) behind the top of Timberline Lodge

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Pussytoes

Pussytoes

Tundra-like environment above 7,000 feet (purple Lupine and orangish Buckwheat

Tundra-like environment above 7,000 feet (purple Lupine and orangish Buckwheat

Palmer Lift with Trillium Lake in background

Palmer Lift with Trillium Lake in background

Around 7,500 feet

Around 7,500 feet

Mt. Jefferson behind Timothy and Trillium Lakes

Mt. Jefferson behind Trillium and Timothy Lakes

 

 

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4 comments

  1. That’s so beautiful.

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