Cone Peak/Iron Mountain
June 25, 2005
Eight of us met at 7;50 a.m. at SEHS parking lot for introductions, to
collect trip fees and assign transportation.
the weather was partly cloudy and temperate.
We drove to Tombstone Pass parking area up the McKenzie to the Clear Lake
cut-off to the Santiam Highway and turned towards the west.
The wild flowers were to numerous to mention.
The ridge and openings along the saddle between Cone Peak and Iron Mountain
were carpeted with wildflowers ranging from baby blue, purple, yellow, white,
red, pink, cream and a few which were multi-colored.
We hiked the loop in a counter-clockwise direction and found ourselves on
Iron Mountain just before 1:00.
We had lunch.
Billowy cumulus clouds passed over us and above them scattered stratus clouds.
The west side of Iron Mountain had not burst into bloom yet, so there is
still a beautiful display awaiting hikers for another few weeks.
Allan Coons, leader.