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On a cool (42 degrees at the trailhead) mid-summer’s day I hiked to the top of 7,215-foot Olallie Butte about 10 miles north of Mt. Jefferson.
The Butte, the third highest peak in Northwest Oregon, is the remnants of an old shield volcano with large basalt rock pinnacles exposed on its east side.
The vistas to the south strongly reminded me of Sauron’s land of Mordor ruled by the the volcano Orodruin. There was just enough wildfire smoke in the air to give everything a hint of magic.
The glacier-scrubbed lakes in the Olallie Basin stood sharply in contrast to the glacial majesty of 10,500-foot Mt. Jefferson. If the wind hadn’t been so cold on the summit, I might still be there enjoying the view.
On the north end of the summit block there was the remains of an abandoned fire lookout cabin built of volcanic rock. Before returning to the trailhead I got behind the rock cabin out of the wind and enjoyed a snack.
It is truly a special place.