Cone Peak/Iron Mountain

July 2, 2003

We departed our meeting place at the Park and Ride on 58th and Main in Springfield only a few minutes after our scheduled departure time at 8:30. Using three vehicles 13 of us reached the trailhead at the Tombstone Park and began the moderately steady climb up the Cone Peak Trail. It didn’t take long before cameras were out and taking pictures of the wildflowers. The wildflowers are abundant all over the mountain, however, they had not yet reached their peak. They should be at their peak by mid-month if someone is inclined to lead another hike to the fantastic area.

The weather was clear, sunny, and a gentle-cooling breeze kept all fairly comfortable despite the 1,900-foot elevation gain. Coming down from the Cone Peak trail we stopped for a break in a shady area before the climb to the lookout atop Iron Mountain. Again the wildflowers were abundant but not quite at their peak on this side of the mountain.

We had a leisurely lunch at the lookout atop Iron Mountain, talked a lot about the upcoming summer camp, and after a group picture hiked down the mountain and to our cars. We arrived back at the meeting place in Springfield at 4:45 p.m. All agreed it was good to be able to take a midweek day to take in such wonderful scenery. However, we did not miss the crowds, there seemed to be as many hikers this day as on the weekends.

Hikers new to the Obsidians were Doris Brown, Kathy Lindstrom, Dave Reinhard and Amy Rubin. Obsidian hikers were John Agnew, Glenn Gordon, Chris Grandy, Diane Jeffcott, Ellen Johnson, Helen Liguori, Ruth Romoser, Sharon Thomas and Joe Neal, leader.

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