Iron Mountain

June 23, 1984

We started out in sunshine and it remained that way all day. The mountain was very late with its flowers, looking like it had come out from under the snow about a week before. We saw very few flowers, nothing on the summit. However, the view was superb. We could see Mt. Hood plainly. Mt. Jefferson looked like it was just a short distance, and the Three Sisters were brilliant in their white snow. We also saw Mt. Adams and Diamond Peak. The trail was damp, but not wet and there was no dust. We found snow around the north side of the peak on the next to last stretch. It appears that the flowers will be there in about two weeks, making it the latest season in many years. The group stopped at Fish Lake, where the penstemons were in bloom. Some of us went to the spot on the lava where Penstemon davidsonii blooms and saw it at its peak. We also stopped at Sahalie Falls, Koosah Falls and Trail Bridge, the last to see Penstemon serrulatus. After a stop at the pie shop, we arrived home at 5:30 p.m.

The mountain hikers were Jean Benson, Ruth Coffman, Judy Forell, Marjorie Jackson, Marge Kocher, Jerry Maul, Mike and Steve McIntire, Nola Shurtlleff, David and Lydia Stone, and leaders Kenneth and Robin Lodewick.

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