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Near the end of July, I parked at the very rough 4,500-foot trailhead for the Vista Ridge Trail on the north side of Mt. Hood. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
After hiking through an area burnt by a 2011 wildfire, I met the Timberline Trail which circles Mt. Hood. The 37-mile trail is rightly famous for its summer wildflowers and magnificent vistas.
My first stop was the open meadows of Wy’east Basin. The Ladd Glacier and the summit of Mt. Hood were seemingly close enough to touch.
I hiked east to gain a wonderful overlook of Elk Cove and the Coe Glacier. I returned to the Timberline Trail and hiked to a high point west of Wy’east Basin.
The following photos are all taken from the Timberline Trail.