Good trip report - and your photos leave nothing to be desired! Thanks for this post!
Thanks. I'm not the greatest writer, but I try to convey the experience as much as I can from my writing and photos.
Nice TR. My buddy and I interrupted a cougar preparing for a grouse lunch last April up near Cone Peak. We planned on heading toward Iron until the cougar chose the same route. Needless to say we got outta there. Don't think he was too happy with us
I think I read a report or log by you. That is why I decided to go armed on this trip. There was a lot of cougar sign in the area. With the low snow pack their prey is up higher this year. I have never actually come across a bear or cougar yet though with all of my travels. Also, it has now been reported by USFS that their are now wolves moving into the central Cascades from Northeast Oregon.
Glad I could help a bit. Have yet to see a Oregon bear myself and that was my first cougar experience anywhere. Last year I heard of someone seeing a wolf near Santiam pass. I think it's great.
It is nice to see the wildlfe making a comeback. I would hate to have to use deadly force against one, but that is a chance you take when you venture out.
good job, nice pics, and a great read
thanks for sharing this trip, fun to read. Oregon is beautiful! I like how northern California and Oregon peaks resemble more of a cone than here in the central Sierra.
that's rad to hear that the wolves are making a comeback!
Thanks. I only post trip reports for trips that I feel are unusual or have some level of excitement. It is cool the wolves are coming back, not sure I would be ready for Grizzlies though!
That's the type of topography I'm looking for with mountainous terrain which doesn't seem impossible to climb and gives a good view of the surroundings !
I'm wondering if we can find anything related back home . Mind you what counts isn't the height of the mountains but the way they stand out.
Check the included link to satellite imagery for a clue.
Obviously our hills are much more flat. Although sometimes there are interesting perspectives to uncover which haven't been explored...
The closest thing I see near you would be the Andirondacks in the Northeast U.S. THere appears to be several rugged peaks, but not sure on access or views. Were liucky on the West Coast and have a lot of mountains to choose from.
Cool to see the locations so close to home on SP. I've also yet to see cougar or bear despite tons of time in the backcountry. It does make my family feel better though when I carry my .38
Peewee hiker from Springfield, OR