Welcome to John Carr Outdoors!
Please visit the blog and follow. The follow button can be found at the bottom of the page.
If you are seeing this on Facebook, click the link to visit the blog to see all of the photos.
I’ve enjoyed the hike to the summit of 4969-foot Whetstone Mountain over the years. It’s roughly 2 1/2 miles from the trailhead at 3,900 feet.
But, a late-July hike this year stretched my patience and endurance.
First, it was a very hot day. By the time I returned to the trailhead it was 84 degrees, and it reached 100 degrees in Portland. I struggled with drinking enough water to stay hydrated. And, the trail had not been maintained much, especially the upper part.
The lower trail passes through an old-growth Douglas Fir forest with much undergrowth. There were a lot of rhododendrons which are very difficult to navigate through. Due to all of the blowdowns over the trail, I spent quite a bit of time climbing over logs and fighting through the brush. Also, the trail was beginning to disappear in places.
Near the top of the trail, it turned to a sub-alpine fir and mountain hemlock forest. There were few blowdowns, but the trail had sloughed away in multiple places on steep hillsides. Needless to say, it was an adventure.
The vistas from the summit were ample compensation though, as one would expect from an old lookout site. Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson and the Opal Creek Wilderness were some of the sights to see.
After taking a well-deserved break and eating a snack, I began the rough hike back to the trailhead.
Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson from Whetstone summit
False Hellebore, Thistle and Oregon Sunshine
Cascade Lily, Orange Agoseris and Lupine