Triangulation Peak & Boca Cave

September 20, 2009

I met Jim and Charlene at the trailhead at about 8:30 in the morning. We hiked along the trail to Triangulation Peak making it the the top in about 2 hours. Along the way we were able to snack on a few very late Thimbleberries and were surprised by patches of frost. Although it had rained the day before and had been quite cloudy in the morning, the sky was mostly clear and we were treated with views of Mount Hood to the North, Mount Jefferson to the East, and Three-Fingered Jack and the Three Sisters to the South.

After resting a bit and stopping for some great photo opportunities we began to head down to Boca Cave. Our descent was aided by the prior day's rain. The loose sand and dirt was held together by the water making much of the descent a little less prone to sliding. As we approached the mouth of Boca Cave we heard voices and were surprised to find that three people had camped in the cave the prior evening. They assured us that to watch the sunset and sunrise from inside the cave was spectacular.

We explored without the use of flashlights or headlamps because the morning sun illuminated most of the cave. We shared the best view of Mount Jefferson with the campers as the campsite is in the spot that allows the viewer to look upon Mount Jefferson perfectly framed by the cave mouth.

Participants: Charlene Pierce and Jim Pierce (members); Matt Bell (leader).

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