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 50º to 55º. 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.