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On a cold and rainy morning I drove to the 3,900-foot Wapinita Pass Trailhead south of Mt. Hood.
Heading north on the Pacific Crest Trail, I soon reached the turnoff for Lower and Upper Twin Lakes.
The lakes were pleasant as usual, but no one was camping at them. By the time I reached Upper Twin Lake, it had stopped raining. I would have had a nice view of Mt. Hood reflected in the lake if the cloud cover had risen.
After leaving the upper lake, I continued on the 9 1/2-mile loop. The next stop was 4,450-foot Palmateer Point.
It didn’t take much of an imagination to see the settlers in their wagons passing underneath Palmateer Point to Barlow Pass, and the final descent to the Willamette Valley.
Arnica and Vanilla Leaf
Wild Strawberry and Rhododendron
Mt. Hood from Palmateer Point on a previous hike on a nice day