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In mid-August I parked at the very rough 4,500-foot trailhead for the Vista Ridge Trail on the north side of Mt. Hood. There were only two other vehicles at the parking area.
After hiking less than one-half mile, I reached the top of Vista Ridge. In all my early hikes in the area I had turned south and climbed to the Timberline Trail near Wy’East Basin.
This day I turned north, hiking several miles to Owl Point at 4,930 feet. If there hadn’t been lots of haze in the air from wildfire smoke, there would have been a spectacular view of Mt. Hood.
A summit register was anchored to a stake for climbers to sign. Many summits have these registers. I have run into them many times over the years.
I took a slow leisurely hike back to the trailhead. A very nice hike indeed.
Wildfire ready to happen