Mt. Washington

July 22, 2007

We started about 9:30 a.m. on the PCT near Big Lake in Santiam Pass, hiked South for 2.5 level miles to the “unofficial” trail junction. (It’s not on the map, but there is a pile of rocks.) Upon taking this trail (heading SE), we immediately started climbing, and after a mile or so we emerged from the trees to see the dramatic sight of Mt. Washington another mile before us and 2000' above.

We started up the steep, rocky trail (plenty of scree, too) and reached a flat spot at the base of the final cone about 12:30 p.m., where we hung out for a while and ate lunch. It was clear and the 360 degree views were spectacular — the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack.

The trip back was uneventful; everyone enjoyed the hike — Obsidians Evelyn Nagy, Daphne James, Lubos Hubata-Vacek, Laurie Funkhauser, Ken Frazer, leader Buzz Blumm and non-Obsidian Karen Rayle.


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