It shouldn't have taken us 3 tries, but between crappy slushy snow conditions, and bad weather, we got turned back several times. Finally made it to the top, 3 days before we went after Mt St Helens
Great warm up for this, Mt Josephine was
Definitely recommend, for views down the valley. and up into the Sisters, and Baker
Road now blocked 2 or 3 miles below summit. Still an easy stroll.
The trusty Subaru took me almost all the way to the top. Just a five minute stroll from the tank traps.
Brought the family up here so my two year old could bag his first summit under his own power. It's very short, very easy, but he was so proud of himself! Stellar views, as usual.
The logging roads are NUTS up here. Ascend up the road, at the first major intersection, head right, at the next one, head left, at the Y that is really a triangle, head right, follow this road up and over the ridge to the north side. Drive this road until the very end, park at the anti-tank traps. The views up here were outstanding.
The logging roads leading up to Josephine are a bit confusing. There is a west peak and the summit is farther east. Just headed up via switchbacks near the top and figured it out eventually.
Walked the snowy road to the top.
Drove road and hit snow at 3,000'. 1.5 mile snow hike to the summit. Got to the summit just at dark. Big bear tracks in the snow on the summit trail, made for an easy walk up.
Great snow hike with great views!!!