Collier Cone

August 14, 1988

Our hike, once we got past the first steep uphill on the Scott Trail, went great. We got a nice view of North and Middle Sisters from on top of first stretch of lava, and repeated good views as we walked along the edge of the lava for the next mile or two. After a short scramble up 4-in-1 Cone, the trip leader discovered there was a super view beyond the lava flow. In about 15 Minutes we entered the long meadow and were at last on the PCT. The field of blue lupine hid and lined the trail. We talked to old McKenzie Ranger District trail improver Gary Griff for about 20 minutes, and soon had more great views. Little Brother loomed large nearby. The trail up to Collier Glacier overlook has become very well used. We looked at several small glacial lakes at the end of the much receded Collier Glacier. One of the lakes is a sink hole, and Gary told us that what we call White Branch Creek (right after we cross the lava from Frog Carp) is really called Glacier Creek. We walked up the grey sandy hill and after about 25 Minutes reached the windy summit of Collier Cone … one of our members let the rind push soap bubbles frog her blower which sailed high in the breeze. More great views of Scott Mountain to Mt. Hood. We ate a snack, and quickly descended zigzagging Opie Dilldock Pass and crossed Sawyer’s Bar. We got one last great view of Belknap Crater to Mt. Jefferson and then walked past lots of lupine and Indian paintbrush, which were at their peak in Sunshine Meadow. I talked to several hikers on the way out, and walked the new ½-mile connecting trail between Frog Camp (Obsidian Trailhead) and Scott Trail. The three happy hikers were Barb Elsen, Richard Heinzkill and Bob Foster (leader).

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