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June 25-26, 2006: McKenzie River & Cone Peak/Iron Mountain

McKenzie River: The first 25 photos are from a 2.5-mile loop trail that goes around both sides of Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls, just off Oregon 126. I highly recommend this easy hike to anyone passing through the area.

Cone Peak/Iron Mountain: The rest of the photos are from a 6-mile loop trail, which starts at Tombstone Pass (4240') on U.S. Highway 20. The wildflower meadows below Cone Peak are some of the best I've seen anywhere, and definitely worth the drive in late June or July. From the saddle between the two peaks, I decided it might be fun to scramble up 600 feet to the top of Cone Peak (5646'), and I found a rough trail through the woods. Then the trail petered out and I was pretty much on my own until the summit; it was very steep and I wouldn't have even tried it without trekking poles. From atop Cone Peak, I could see every volcano from Mount Hood down to Diamond Peak, and to the west I could also see the higher peaks of the Coast Range. (The plan was to go up to the lookout on Iron Mountain as well, but June 26 was the hottest day of the year so far in Oregon; even at 5000', the temperature in was in the mid to upper 80s with blazing sunshine and not much shade, so we didn't go all the way up.)

California tortoiseshell butterfly Sahalie Falls whitewater bunchberry Indian pipe
rapids on the McKenzie River rocks in the McKenzie River fallen trees in the McKenzie River penstemon above the McKenzie River bottom of Koosah Falls
white iris pyrola, budding Pacific starflower trailing blackberry very green-looking water
hairstreak butterfly on a daisy rhododendron rhododendron Koosah Falls Koosah Falls & rainbow
rainbow below Koosah Falls Koosah Falls whitewater and mossy trees Sahalie Falls rainbow below Sahalie Falls
Sitka valerian star-flowered Solomon's seal Cascade mariposa lily great Jacob's ladder great Jacob's ladder
Fan-leaf cinquefoil larkspur larkspur & death-camas Fan-leaf cinquefoil paintbrush, larkspur, & death-camas
blue-headed gilia Cascade penstemon wildflowers paintbrush & larkspur larkspur & monkeyflower
fairy bells Cone Peak & wildflowers patches of monkeyflower on Cone Peak wildflowers Cone Peak
larkspur, death-camas, & paintbrush eroded lava plug on Iron Mountain forget-me-nots trail through Cone Peak's meadows monkeyflower, blue-eyed Mary, larkspur, & other wildflowers
wildflowers South Peak & wildflowers wildflowers to the east larkspur, death-camas, & Iron Mountain Iron Mountain
sticky currant rock penstemon & Gordon's ivesia Echo Mountain & South Peak Mount Washington heart-leaf buckwheat, sulphur flower, and two of the Three Sisters
rock penstemon The Three Sisters Iron Mountain through a basaltic dike shoulder of Cone Peak from above Shasta clover
Looking back up at the summit Unknown silvery foliage Cone Peak trillium roundleaf violets
Douglas firs & sunlight Pacific bleeding heart candy flower wildflowers scarlet gilia (skyrocket)
wildflowers blue flax tall bluebells scarlet gilia (skyrocket) Columbia windflower

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