July 22, 2000
We left Eugene with overcast skies and the first drops of rain that
we had seen in several weeks, but as often happens as you cross
Willamette Pass into Central Oregon, patches of blue started to appear.
Passing Crescent lake the view of the summit of Cowhorn was still
obscured by clouds drifting in from the west, but the weather seemed
to be getting better. Clouds gradually gave way to clearer skies
as we started up the PCT from Windigo Pass. Our hopes were realized,
sunshine became dominant, and we enjoyed clear views of our destination
and surrounds as we hiked up the 3½-mile ridge toward Cowhorn.
We left the PCT at the west shoulder of Cowhorn and headed up through
the steep scree to the base of the summit pinnacle where the hike turned
into a short rock scramble to the top. The summit of Cowhorn is not very
large but all 10 hikers found a sitting rock and enjoyed a long,
leisurely lunch with a commanding view of Diamond Peak and the Sisters
to the north, Mt. Thielsen, Mt. Bailey and Crater Lake rim to the south,
as well as the best view of Crescent Lake available from anywhere.
Upon returning to our cars at Windigo Pass, we shared our remaining
lunch and water with a couple of through-PCT hikers who seemed to
appreciate the offers a great deal. Enjoying a pleasant day on the trail
to Cowhorn were non-members Keith Christensen and Jane Bartell
(first Obsidian hike as well as her first hike of any kind),
and Obsidians Sandra Larsen, Royal Murdock, Dan Bates, Ed Lichtenstein,
Anne McLucas, Rick Ahrens and Janet & John Jacobsen (leader).