I feel pretty fortunate to live in close proximity to dozens of snow-capped peaks. Many hikes in Oregon and Washington take you above the tree line and offer majestic views of mountains in all directions. But, you have to hope for clear-ish skies and you have to be willing to climb, climb, climb. It’s all worth it if you pack a protein-rich lunch to enjoy at the top. I like to relax for a bit before the much easier (unless you have wonky knees, like me) descent back to the car.
Last week Tim and I took advantage of a nice day and went on a hike to a place called Table Rock. The last time we hiked this trail, it was foggy and rainy and viewless at the top. This time? Well, let’s just say it was scenic!
In the photograph above, you can see Mt. Jefferson on the left. We also saw the Three Sisters range, but they are hard to distinguish from the clouds in this photograph.
Mt. Hood is one of the most recognizable Pacific Northwest mountains. Clouds and mountains are the best of friends in case you didn’t know.
Here you can see evidence of logging, in various stages of growth and recovery. It makes me sad to witness this because it is happening everywhere.
We also saw plenty of wildflowers, heard chirping birds, and stepped over babbling little streams. We went on a Saturday which means more people, but we still had some solitude at the top after a massive group with lunch-snatching doggies left. :)
It’s the season for hiking (in the Northern hemisphere anyways!). Get out and enjoy nature.