Hawk Mountain on a Early Summer Day

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Hawk Mountain

Sunshine, scattered clouds and mid-day temperatures in the 50’s at 5,000 feet in the Cascade Mountains.

I savored every minute of it on a wilderness hike to the summit of Hawk Mountain, the site of an old wildfire lookout facility.

Gazing over the Breitenbush Drainage, Mt. Jefferson was mostly covered in clouds. On a clear day it would have dominated the horizon. As a consolation, Three-fingered Jack and Olallie Butte were easily visible.

I lingered around the lookout site for a long time before reluctantly beginning the hike back to the car.

How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Beargrass plumes lining the lower trail

Mt. Jefferson’s peak above the clouds

Purple Penstemon and Beargrass plumes

Old lookout cabin on Hawk Mountain

The lookout cabin is protected by the Antiquity Act

Painted Lady Butterfly

Blue-eyed Grass

Mt. Jefferson from Hawk Mountain (taken on a hike last fall)

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  1. Great shots John!

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