Hawk Mountain in Late Spring

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Hawk Mountain

On the last Saturday of spring I drove to 4,500-foot Cachebox Meadows near Graham Pass in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

There were some sun breaks in the heavy cloud cover but I prepared for rain.

The Rho Ridge Trail began by climbing through an old clear-cut. Colorful early wildflowers lined the path in places, including four varieties of wild lilies. 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 enjoying the views for awhile, lightning and big boomers began moving in. Thankfully, most of the activity was to the south. But, I soon began the nice hike back to the Trailhead.

A stormy day on Mt. Jefferson


Historical lookout cabin on Hawk Mountain

Pleasant stretch of trail

I’ve been spotted


Marsh Marigolds surrounding a small creek

A cloudy Mt. Jefferson from Hawk Mountain

Huckleberry bloom

Cat’s-ear Lily



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  1. I always enjoy your narratives and pictures, you truly are a blessing. Ed

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