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. Hikers were Josh Emmons, Chris Gordon, Lynn Frost, Gail Harris, Mary Croson, Anne McLucas, Nancy Lynchild and Allan Coons, leader.

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