Iron Mountain/Cone Peak

June 18, 1988

We started at 10:30 a.m. on the Iron Mountain Trail and reached the top of Iron Mountain for lunch at 12:00 noon. Clouds were covering Diamond Peak to the east. After the clouds cleared we got a good view of Mt. Jefferson, Three Sisters, and Mt. Washington and the day was clear enough to see Mt. Hood and even Rainier in Washington. We returned by the Cone Peak Trail, 3.3 miles. We received our best viewing of the wildflowers on this return trip. We saw several high meadows of blue larkspur mixed in with the orange and red of Indian paint brush. Other flowers observed were cat’s ears, monkey flowers, Jacob’s ladder, miner’s lettuce, trillium, and baneberry. There were two other organized groups on the trail: the Native Plant Society and an LCC Wildflowers class. Norm Benton brought his camera so we may see these pictures perhaps along with those of his soon to come trip to South America. Hikers on this trip were Diana Acosta, Norm Benton, Laura Berkowitz, John and Jane Corlis, Bob Foster, Robin Prentice, Andy and Marie Thompson, Paula Vehrs and Ted Briles (leader).

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