Horsepasture Mountain

July 1, 1989

George Jobanek, Rick Moon and the leader (Bob Foster) hiked up the Middle Branch of the Olallie Trail toward Horsepasture Mountain on a cloudy day. As we walked along to the right of Lamb Butte, we got a great view of the Three Sisters, Broken Top and Bachelor Butte. We clambered up Taylor Castle to a 10-12'-wide rocky outcropping — great views of Mt. Washington, Three Sisters and Bachelor. This was the last great view as the weather socked in by the time we reached Horsepasture Saddle and hiked up Horsepasture Mountain. At the top it grew cold — so after 30 minutes we walked back with the clouds dousing us with a slight mist. Purple larkspur made beautiful rock gardens along the trail. A few clear-cuts on the way back along Road 1993 toward Cougar Reservoir — hundreds of pink rhododendrons were in full bloom and hundreds of bear grass white flowers were also interspersed with these rhododendrons. Though we didn’t get the great view from Horsepasture Mountain top, we all enjoyed the hike.

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