Cone Peak/Echo Mountain

July 22, 1990

Seven gung-ho hikers went on a hike that led steeply up Cone Peak after a leisurely switchback stroll through woods and flowers. Even the leader was breathing deeply at the top of Cone Peak, where a swarm of flying ants prevented any of us from standing on the top. There was a great view of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters and Iron Mountain Lookout. After a quick lunch in the shade of a pine tree we dropped down to a saddle and hiked up Echo Mountain. Here we had a super view of the mountains and admired the lovely fields of blue lupine and scarlet gilia flowers. We signed our names and left comments in the bottle beneath a rock on Echo Mountain. At the base of South Peak, we rejoined the other three hikers who had seen a coyote run right past them while we were on Echo Mountain. We walked carefully, traversed the left slope of Cone Peak and after one last view of South Peak, Echo Mountain and Iron Mountain, hiked down to the Santiam Highway. We all had a great post-trip snack or meal at the Village Cafe. The seven cross-country hikers were: Barb Elsen, Joyce Baker, Tom Wiesenfeld, Marty Hathaway, Dave Predeek, Wojciech Szalecki and the leader, Bob Foster.

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