A Beautiful Day on the North side of Mt. Hood

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Dollar Lake

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.

Wy-east Basin


Mt. Hood reflected in Dollar Lake


Mt. Hood

Old Man of the Mountain

California Tortoiseshell

Field of Heather


white Rhododendron

Merten’s Coral Root Orchid

Lower trail

Avalanche Lily

Mountain Heliotrope








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  1. 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.

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