A Ridge Top Hike above the Metolius River


Having a little fresh snow on the trail brings much to life. I spotted tracks of mule deer, a large black bear, a blue grouse, several coyotes and a small bunch of wild turkeys. And, to add to the pleasure, six mule deer were spotted on the hike.

The Trailhead was near the south end of Green Ridge, a steep fault scarp rising 2,000 feet above the eastern banks of the Metolius River.

Four hours later I reached an old fire lookout site, the end of the Trail. After a pleasant conversation with a couple who were renting the lookout for several days I began the hike back to the trailhead.

All in all the trek was 19 miles in length and had 2,100 feet of elevation gain. A very nice way to spend an autumn day.

Young and old Ponderosa Pines

Three Fingered Jack from the Green Ridge Lookout

My 4″ Buck knife next to a Mule Deer track and a Black Bear track

Pleasant stretch of trail

Mt. Jefferson

Blue Elderberries

Afternoon sunshine on the Sisters

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly (It’s amazing to see pretty butterflies at 4,000′ in mid October!)

Three Fingered Jack

My 4″ Buck next to a Wild Turkey track

Three Fingered Jack

Mt. Jefferson from the Green Ridge Lookout

Mt. Washington

 

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