Two Peaks for the Price of One


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Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

Memorial Day began with blue skies and sunshine, a fine time to climb to the top of Wildcat and Huckleberry Mountains in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.

I drove in the early morning to the Douglas Trailhead (a long-abandoned rock quarry) on the west side of the Wilderness about 33 air-miles southeast of home. The Trail began by climbing to the top of a ridge, providing nice views of the upper Eagle Creek drainage to the south. Almost every step of the way rhododendrons and beargrass crowded the Trail with a few in bloom.

Soon I was on a short steep path leading to the top of 4,500-foot Wildcat Mountain, an old overgrown fire lookout site.

After hiking downhill for awhile, I turned east on the Plaza Trail, an historic route constructed in the late 1800’s by miners and hunters as a pathway between the Clackamas River drainage and Barlow Pass over the Cascades.

After several miles I reached the turnoff to 4,300-foot Huckleberry Mountain. At a nice meadow near the summit I took off the daypack, got out a snack and took a well-deserved break.

Mt. Hood dominated the scene. This is one of the best views of the large volcano. I took my time soaking up the sun before beginning the long trip to the trailhead.

As a wartime veteran, the day gave me a chance to reflect on how fortunate I am compared to some of my fellow veterans who did not make it back home.

Above the clouds

Young Douglas Fir cone

Rhodies and Bear Grass (spring has arrived above 3,000′)

Mt. Hood from Huckleberry Mountain

Mt. Hood

Mt. Adams

 

 

 

Categories: Mt. Hood Natural Forest Hikes, Oregon Cascades HikesTags: , ,

6 comments

  1. Fantastic pictures John! What a great opportunity for reflection…

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  2. Your images of Mt Hood conjured up distant memories. One summer about 10 of us circumnavigated Mt. Hood—a fabulous adventure. Great pics, John.

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