Battle Ax

July 16, 2005

Seven of us went up to the Bull of the Woods Wilderness to see what the hike to Battle Ax Mountain was like. The road in is so bad that we parked our cars 1.4 miles from the trailhead and walked the rest of the way. This made it a 8.4 mile hike with about 1650 feet of elevation gain. There were many wildflowers to enjoy going up the drier south side and coming back the wetter, more densely forested east side. Battle Ax used to have a fire lookout on top, so it isnít surprising that the view from the top is excellent. We could see from Mt. Hood to the Sisters, with Mt. Jefferson dominating the nearer vistas. We all agreed that this hike is well worth the long drive. Non-members Matt Bell and David Li joined members Janet Jacobsen, Richard Sundt, Barbara Schomaker, Ruth Romoser, and leader Bob Huntley on this trip which the Obsidians have rarely done.

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