Cone/Iron Mountain

June 21, 1986

A very beautiful, sunny and comfortable day was enjoyed by the 12 hikers on the Cone-Iron Mountain Hike. The group left Eugene at 8:10 a.m. and was on the Cone Trail at 10:30 a.m.

The hike consisted of approximately 3½ miles to the Iron Mountain Lookout Trail by taking the Cone Mountain Trail. Most of the group made it to the lookout for a 1 p.m. lunch. Three, including the leader, enjoyed lunch just short of the top. An excellent view of Jefferson, Three Sisters, Bachelor and Mt. Hood was the reward for this excellent day’s hike. The distance from Cone Trail up to the lookout was a steep .7 mile walk. The return was by Iron Mountain Trail to the highway, which was about 1 mile, giving us over 6 miles of good exercise. We made it back to the highway around 3 p.m.

The wild flowers were at their peak. There were larkspur, Indian paint brush, queen’s cup, Canadian dogwood, blue flax, penstemon, columbine and others that could not be identified, but none the less appreciated. The trail up Cone has many gentle switch backs and was in very good condition.

Bob Foster left a note on the trail, stating “he has gone up Cone Peak and will join us at the lookout.” He did.

If I take this trip again I would plan to have lunch on the high meadow off the last rock garden just before climbing the Cinder Cone of Cone Mountain.

The twelve were Glenn Aplin, Sally Butler, Mary Christoferson, Ruth Coffman, Bob Foster, Joan Keigher, Mary Millman, Dewey Porter, Susan Steussy, Nancy Wilder, Lois Yoshishige, and leader Ted Briles.

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