Castle Rock

July 20, 1999

This leisurely hike to the top of Castle Rock started at the lower trailhead, which is marked with a very inconspicuous sign. The trail climbs steadily on a good trail for two miles with a gain of 1238 ft. in elevation through a Douglas fir forest. Castle Rock is the site of a former fire look out. From here and the adjacent ridge are excellent views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington and the McKenzie Valley. A number of flowers were identified, including phantom orchids, several species of pyrolas and, in the grassy meadow near the top, colorful Carkias and Ookow lilies. Members on the hike included John Hanby, Violet Johnson, Nola Shurtleff, non-member Benette Rauch and leader Margaret Wiese.


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