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As I indicated in my last post, I parked at the very rough 4,500-foot trailhead for the Vista Ridge Trail on the north side of Mt. Hood in late July. 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. A few more steps and I was at the open meadows of Wy’east Basin. The Ladd Glacier and the summit of Mt. Hood were seemingly close enough to touch.
I began hiking east to gain a wonderful overlook of Elk Cove and the Coe Glacier. Then, following an old climbers’ trail to the south, I soon reached Dollar Lake at 6,000 feet, with a nice reflection of Mt. Hood.
Since the alpine wildflowers were at their peak, I returned to the Timberline Trail and hiked to a high point west of Wy’east Basin. After eating a snack I reluctantly began the hike back to the trailhead.
What a magnificent hike! It looks as if you could walk right up and touch Mt Hood from that vantage point. I love the Penstemon and the Avalanche Lily. The Old Man of the Mountain reminds me a bit of a Gray Cousin It, which did give me a bit of a giggle, I admit. The Mountain Heliotrope is beautiful; I love that the other flower, though quite colorful in its own right, is blurred in the background. Thanks for including us on your adventures, John. I gain such knowledge with each of your posts.
Thanks for all the kind comments Ellen. You would have enjoyed the hike, and everything there was to see.