A Wilderness Hike to Palmateer Point

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Twin Lakes

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.

Upper Twin Lake

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.

Large blowdowns covering the trail in places

Arnica and Vanilla Leaf

Old-growth Sub-alpine Fir forest – – – an intense wildfire waiting to happen

Into the Wilderness

Wild Strawberry and Rhododendron

One of many large old-growth Doug Firs along the trail

View from Palmateer Point

Blue diamonds 10 to 12 feet above the PCT are for winter-time snowshoers and skiers

Mt. Hood from Palmateer Point on a previous hike on a nice day



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  1. Cold and rainy and off you hike. I like that. Great photos and a beautiful hike, John. I especially like that giant old-growth Doug Fir. Wildflowers are so tender and fresh. And the view of Mt. Hood is breathtaking.

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