Little Cowhorn Mountain
October 21, 1979
Reports of heavy snow accumulation and high winds in the Cascades
caused us to switch our destination from Vivian Lake to Little
The day was sunny and clear.
We hadn’t decided the exact destination as we drove up to
Fall Creek, so we stopped to chat with Helen Smith.
She proposed Gold Point, but mentioned that we could install the
shutters on the lookout on Little Cowhorn.
The prospect of being useful plus the much longer view caused us to
choose Little Cowhorn, even though it is a short hike (one mile).
We arrived at the trailhead at 10 a.m., after an interesting drive
through logged off land with a lot of hunters about.
The ascent was steep but short.
The trail was damp but not unusually muddy.
There was about an inch of snow at the summit, which the slow ones
reached at 11 a.m.
The view was magnificent.
The Sisters were clear and dressed in new white uniforms.
There were some clouds to the north, but in time we saw all the peaks
from Diamond to Jefferson.
We lunched in the comfort of the lookout, which was a lovely sunroom.
After lunch we put up the shutters, a short task for six willing workers.
We strolled back down the trail, relieved that the hunters, who had been
firing near the trailhead while we were on the summit, had moved on.
The last of us arrived in town at 2 p.m.
Enjoying the sun and the view were
Joel McClure (leader).