Gorgeous day out, with awesome views of the big peaks to the east (sisters to St. Helens)
Climbed Iron Mountain, then Cone Peak, then South Peak, Then Echo Mountain, then North Peak, then back over Echo Mountain, then back over South peak. Lots of snow along the entire route. Snow was hard frozen in shaded areas and soft in sunny area. Temperatures were warm, 30's - 40's. The ridge between Echo Mountain and North Peak very icy and had a good amount of fall hazard. Crampons and ice axe would be advised. I did this in trekking poles and ice axe to cut wieght, but it was a little trecherous.
Hiked from the Iron Mountain Trail over to Cone Peak. I then traversed the ridge between the two mountains and ascended up the west face. This was an easy hike. I had planned to do five peaks in the are as part of this climb, but my partner had some medical issues and we were forced to stop.
Great little hike. After summiting and heading towards Iron Mtn. my buddy saw a mountain lion in the direction of Iron. We decided after it continued to retreat in that direction we would head home
Nice hike tagging Cone, Echo, South Echo, and Iron Mountain on this hike.
Camped nearby the night before and took a quick afternoon hike up. Started off on the trail but quickly lost it because of all the other ski tracks heading every direction. Hiked more or less straight up towards the peak from the trail head. Easy going everywhere except the last 500 vertical feet where it was a struggle because the snow was so soft in the sun that we were sliding back down as much as we were climbing up. Glissaded back down in under 30 minutes. Unseasonably warm and completely clear. As nice as you could expect for January.
We summited Echo Mountain, and Cone peak was so close we couldnt resist.
Hiked to cone peak from Echo mountain, lots of elevation gain and loss. Quite the good workout.
It was 102 degrees in Portland yesterday, so I'm guessing it was in the mid to upper 80s up at Tombstone Pass. We hiked to Cone Peak's wildflower meadows (which were absolutely freakin' spectacular) from Tombstone Prairie, and then I scrambled up to the top from the reddish ridge about 600 feet below the summit.
As Brian reported, there's a rough but obvious trail through the woods at the beginning of the scramble. There's also a noticeable trail at the very top, leading from a couple of basalt dikes to the summit. In between, though, you're on your own: some of it is cinder scree, some is vegetated, some is solid rock, but all of it sits at about a 40-degree angle. On a hot day, it was grueling going up, and on ANY day, it'd be harrowing going down; I wouldn't have even tried it without my trekking poles. From the top, I saw Hood, Jefferson, Washington, the Sisters (and their family), something FAR to the south which I assume was Diamond Peak, and something far to the west that I'm pretty sure was Mary's Peak. I saw one small patch of snow on Cone Peak, and a few more on the shaded sides of surrounding hills, but for the most part it's finally gone.
We returned via the Iron Mountain Trail, but skipped the trail to the Iron Mountain lookout because it was so hot.
Absolutely worth the effort, especially during June and July to see the profusion of wildflowers! Start at Tombstone Pass parking area, go uphill (very well-graded) to Cone Peak, DON'T TRAMPLE THE WILDFLOWERS, then scramble to the Cone Peak. I recommend proceeding on to Iron Mountain... this makes a great day-hike loop.
Descended from Iron Mountain to saddle. Climbed Cone Peak west ridge. Descended on Cone Peak trail to highway then returned to Iron Mountain trailhead. Total loop for Iron Mountain (via Iron Mountain trail) and Cone Peak was 4 hours. Blue sky allowed views of everything. Saw 6 other hikers entire day.
Started off just going to do Iron Mountain via the Cone Peak Trail but when I reached the cinder ridge, it seemed silly not to bushwhack to the top of this one too. Vague trail through a small forest led to mostly open cinder scree climb. Avoided tramping on the wildflowers and worked my way up. Then headed off for Iron Mountain.