July 16, 2006
An early 7:00 a.m. start from Eugene in order to beat the heat worked pretty well. By 10:00 or so we were at Windigo Pass and heading up the PCT with a few mosquitoes along for the ride, but under beautifully clear skies. One of the things I really like about this hike is the trail regularly popping out on an open ridge with good views of the surrounding area and of our destination – Cowhorn, although some felt it looked a bit daunting. We encountered more snow patches on the trail’s north facing slopes than I had ever seen before, but not enough to cause any problems.
Within about two and a half hours we arrived at the base of Cowhorn and left the PCT to head up Cowhorn’s steep, exposed western ridge, through scree, over the volcanic dike, and on to the rock scramble to the summit, that is always the highlight of this trip. After lunch on the small summit we headed back, gingerly down scrambling through the rocks and sliding down the scree.
The descent went quickly and we reached the cars about 4:00. A stop at Crescent Junction for refreshments completed a great day on Cowhorn Mountain.
Members: Jennifer Baer, Bob Freed, Steve Gunn, John Jacobsen (leader), Daphne Jones, Barb Revere, Rich Romm and Chris Stockdale. Nonmember: Mark Anthony.