Did this County Highpoint with Jobe Wymore. There is the potential for some route finding on this one but we had no problem getting to the highpoint. Followed the ridge a little ways beyond what GPS showed as the HP to be safe. The Jefferson Park Glacier is pretty impressive and quite awesome to hike along side of. Oregon CoHP #20. My GPS track for this one is listed here... http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=550949
I started several hours prior to sunrise in order to finish early enough to still make it home that night. I was glad for the early start as some nasty-looking thunderheads seemed to be moving in. I fell down a couple of times on loose footings but otherwise the approach for the CoHP was straightforward. Similar to the Skamania CoHP in Washington, I went further up the ridge just to be certain the highest point had been reached/crossed. This leaves Lookout Mountain as my final Oregon CoHP.
We paid a visit to the newer, 1997 highpoint further south up the North Ridge, with loose class 3 rock on the last stretch. Trip Report.
This is a great picturesque hike. You have to be careful of rockfall and moving boulders on the upper mountain, but it is a fantastic hike. I started early in the morning by headlamp and it still took me 11 hours.
SP'er Bob and I had started early and had a great day. The weather was foggy at times and clear at others. We met two other guys that were trying to climb Jefferson via the north ridge/Whitewater glacier but they said they barely escaped with their lives. Rockfall was dominant. This is a nasty area, everything moves.