Hawk Mountain on a Mid-Summer Day

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Hawk Mountain

Sunshine and wildflowers at 5,000 feet in the Cascade Mountains.

I savored every minute of it on a wilderness hike to the summit of Hawk Mountain, the site of an old wildfire lookout facility.

Mt. Jefferson from Hawk Mtn

Gazing over the Breitenbush Drainage, Mt. Jefferson dominated the horizon. Three-fingered Jack, Olallie Butte, Mt. Washington and The Sisters were all easily visible.

I lingered around the lookout site for a long time before reluctantly beginning the hike back to the car. The colorful wildflowers on the summit were at their prime.

How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Cat’s-ear Lily, Bog Orchid and Cascade Lily

Historical wildfire lookout

Orange Columbine

Wildflowers on summit

Hikers on Hawk Mtn summit

Rock garden on summit of Hawk Mtn

Oregon Sunshine, Boisduval’s Blue Butterfly who has seen its better days (they only live a couple of weeks), and Penstemon

Mt. Jefferson


Wildflowers on Hawk Mtn summit





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  1. It’s primo time to be in the PNW High Country! Looks like you hit the jackpot on the flower fields and mountain views, thanks for sharing the great pics. Happy Trails!

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