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
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.