Triangulation Peak Recon.

So I am leading a hike for Cascade Hills this weekend, and after a tip from Jake, I decided to take everyone up to Triangulation Peak. I was looking at the trail book, and it said that the trail was open from July through October. I called the Detroit Ranger station, and asked if it was open now. The lady that I talked to said that it might be snowed in. I thought "crap"(link not for the faint of heart, viewer discression is advised) but considered that since I have seen about an inch of snow in the Cascades this year, that I should go see for myself. I called up Matt, and he and I headed up to the trailhead. It is only about an hour away, and the trail was fairly easy. We only ran across one other group of people hiking, and had the whole place to ourselves.

The trail is a 4.2 mile round trip, and the last 0.6 mile is fairly steep, requiring two rest stops before reaching the top. Holy cow, what a view! I have never been that close to Mt. Jefferson, and was a little awestruck by the sheer magnitude. The book also describes an unmarked trail that is difficult to find and negotiate in order to get to Boca Cave. We actually found it pretty easily, but the trail it steep and technical. It was awesome! From inside the cave, the door of the cave frames Jeff perfectly.

The weather was kind to us, but there was enough of a cloud cover that we couldn't see all of Jefferson. If it was clear, you could have seen Hood, Jeff, Three-fingered Jack, Washington, maybe one or two of the Sisters, and some other peak that I couldn't identify.

I am really hoping for some decent weather, just so we can have a grand view of everything. Even if the weather sucks spokes, it should still be an awesome hike!


At 6/13/2005 11:49 PM, Blogger Alien Shaman said...

Ahh, nothing like fecal jokes to make a man laugh to the point of shedding a tear.

Sounds like an awesome hike. Is there any fresh water nearby? Worth camping at this place?

At 6/14/2005 12:06 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Excellent. It'll be sweet.

At 6/14/2005 10:41 AM, Blogger ted said...

Is it just me or is the guy in the crap link missing some teeth?

At 6/14/2005 2:26 PM, Blogger Jake Shore said...

This is going to be a blast. All of you except for Jason and Ted that are not going should be ashamed of yourselves. You'll regret not going when you see the pictures.

I've learned my lesson looking at Eric's links, so I'll pass on this one.

At 6/14/2005 11:46 PM, Blogger ted said...

Don't be so cagey Jake. That crap link is a fakeout. It's actually the cutest picture you've ever seen of a little boy playing with a puppy. I crack up just thinking of that little scamp and his pup.


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