On the day of the hike, it was warm in the Oregon Cascades with the freezing level at 16,000 feet. The temperature hovered from the upper 70’s to low 80’s. Ascending through the openings in the warm July sun did add a challenge to the hike. On the bright side, the wild flowers were at their peak, including varieties that bloom on the forest floor and also the meadows and rock outcroppings. All but one hiker made it to the top; the other members of the group were rewarded with a fantastic view of the Cascades from Diamond Peak to Mt. Saint Helens. The return hike down the trail gave everyone a chance to enjoy the varied forest of the Old Cascades with a break to cool off by a creek in beautiful old growth forest. This is definitely a hike worth repeating. Stay tuned, I plan on putting it on the schedule next year.Members: David Adkins, Anne Montgomery, Jennifer Baer, Keiko Bryan, Marguerite Cooney. Nonmembers: Jan Danforth.
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