Four-In-One Cone

July 18, 2001

Twelve hikers came together for a mid-summer, mid-week hike up Four-in-One Cone in the Three Sisters Wilderness. We left at 8:00 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead around 10:00 after a brief stop at the McKenzie Ranger Station. We drove through the cool mist with the windshield wipers going to the Scott Lake turnoff where the trailhead is. We hiked at a steady, comfortable pace climb 1500 ft. over 4.5 miles of well maintained trail. We had lunch at the food of the cones then climbed the trail up to cones and walked along the volcanic ridge that joins the four cones. The cloud cover allowed occasional, brief glimpses of North Sister. Other peaks were totally obscured. The volcanic features visible from the cones received our full attention inasmuch as the high peaks were not visible. The air temperature varied from 50 to 55. The good news: The mosquitoes for the most part were few in number and less voracious than usual. As we started down the temperature warmed, and the mosquitoes did too! We saw bear grass, lupines, larkspur and paintbrush in small, widely separated patches. Hikers were Bob Voas, Janet Jacobsen, Elliot Aronin, Daniele Delaby, Helmut Plant, Lily Serrano, Bill & Margaret Prentice, Suzanne & Stan Rodkey and leader Allan Coons.

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