Jefferson Park

Sunday, August 11 – Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The original plan was to have a five day weekend – Saturday through Wednesday – and do the Three Sisters Loop. Due to weather and other circumstances those plans first changed to a four-day loop around just North and Middle Sister, and then they changed to a three-day trip to Jefferson Park. Continue reading

Coffin Mountain

Sunday, June 23, 2019

After our hike up Bachelor Mountain, we headed over to Coffin Mountain for the short 1.5 mile hike to its summit. The flowers started off pretty much immediately:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

When the trail entered the forest we started seeing lots of beargrass:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Out of the trees and still more beargrass:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Then we emerged into the huge summit meadow. This year it was full of beargrass:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

We traversed the summit and switchbacked up it, then into the trees and out the other side to our first view of the fire lookout, which was not yet staffed:

Coffin Mountain Hike

We made it!

Coffin Mountain Hike

We sat on the deck and enjoyed the view of Mt. Jefferson:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain Hike

And the Three Sisters:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Looking to the other end of Coffin Mountain where the radio tower is:

Coffin Mountain Hike

We enjoyed some afternoon wine and cheese:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Hiking back down through beargrass heaven:

Coffin Mountain Hike

Getting here meant a five-hour round-trip drive from Portland, which is not something we normally do for day hikes. But it was completely worth it to see the beargrass, which is one of my favorite wildflowers. Great day!

Bachelor Mountain

Sunday, June 23, 2019

We have been having cool cloudy weather in this last part of June, and unfortunately this weekend Saturday was the better day of the two. I was unavailable on Saturday, so today was my only day to head down and hike Bachelor and Coffin Mountains. It’s a five-hour round-trip drive from where we live, but Greg and I headed out Sunday morning.

On Road 1168 to the trailhead we passed a nice patch of beargrass alongside the road. This has been a great year for beargrass:

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Further along we passed another great flower patch, this time with rhododendrons and beargrass:

Wildflowers

There was also a big patch of monkey flower:

Wildflowers

I spent about ten minutes taking pictures, then I was ready to go. But Greg took 30 minutes to thoroughly document the entire area:

Wildflowers

We passed yet another roadside patch, this time full of delphinium:

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

At the Bachelor Mountain trailhead we discovered that someone had inconsiderately built a fire ring right in the parking area. Seriously? I cleaned it up:

Bachelor Mountain Trailhead

Bachelor Mountain Hike

From the trailhead we could see the Coffin Mountain lookout perched high above us:

Coffin Mountain

Just five minutes up the trail we got our first sweeping view, including a view of the huge beargrass meadow on Coffin that we would visit later in the day:

Coffin Mountain

Mt. Washington, the Three Sisters, and the Husband:

Three Sisters

Three Fingered Jack:

Three Fingered Jack

There is a long open stretch on this trail with great views and wildflowers:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Wildflowers

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Coffin Mountain was visible behind us:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

The top of Mt. Jefferson was visible for awhile:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

We had a view of the Bachelor Mountain summit before re-entering the trees:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

We reached a junction with an old sign and a new sign:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

We turned left for the last push to the summit. There were lots of about-to-bloom beargrass in the trees:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Phlox:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

There was a patch of snow just below the summit:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

I reached the summit at 12:45. There were three people up there with their off-leash dog, who kept wandering around the summit while they kept shouting, “Dylan! Here Dylan!” The dog completely ignored them. Since your dog is not under voice control, how about trying a leash next time?

I was disappointed to see that Mt. Jefferson now had a cloud in front of it. All the roadside dawdling meant we missed the cloud-free window:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

There was a good view of the area that burned in the 2017 Whitewater Fire:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

The views aren’t quite 360-degrees since there are trees, but you can still see a lot. Mt. Hood just barely visible through the clouds:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Looking northeast in the direction of Hood, not really visible in this shot:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Looking north:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

And of course neighboring Coffin Mountain:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

The Three Sisters:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Diamond Peak:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Gold Butte Lookout:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

The fire lookout up here was burned down decades ago and there are just a few artifacts left:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Hiking back down the clouds were getting thicker:

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Bachelor Mountain Hike

Now on to Coffin Mountain!