Hiked nice loop, with hitchhike on road, from south fork of the Mckenzie to Olallie Butte and down French Pete Creek.
Drove in from Hood River via the Skyline Road, not too difficult to find your way but its a lot of driving and things aren't signed very well further in. Nice hike, quite a few other people hiking this nice late summer day which was surprising all the way out here. Saw three mountain goats off the north ridge of the mountain.
On one hand it is a shame that this trail is not maintained. But on the other hand, it keeps the number of visitors very low. We enjoyed views from Mount Hood and Rainier to the north down to Three Sisters.
Along with the CoHP on the NE side. Trip Report.
Bring a map, because the native american reservation is still a pain in the back side with the removal of signs. Even the Olallie Rd. indication had to be painted on the asphalt so no one could tear it down. We weren't bother at all, however I wasn't sure I was in the right place until the trees cleared 500 feet from the top. Very lame attitude. Great views of Jeff and the crew.
Good climb with friend Evan. Saw only a few other people on the trail. A descent amount of snow still covering the trail in places but didn't have to much trouble picking the trail back up. A cool wind was blowing on top. Excellent views of Jefferson and Hood. Could barely see St. Helens and Adams behind Hood and the Three Sisters peaking to the left of Jefferson.
I came up from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation side and highly recommend it, the cliffs on the east side are dramatic and the views are open with Jefferson in your face, once you get to the ridge (about 1/2 way). There is also a small section of fine old growth forest at the base. The problem is that the natives don't really like outsiders on their land. I was a student at their clinic and new some of the people fishing at trout lake at the bottom and so was not hassled, but others may be. Buying a fishing permit would enable you to fish the lake at the bottom and you could also climb the peak. That said, if you want to climb from this side take th etrout lake turnoff (about 9 mile from warm springs town) it is a well marked road and just follow it to the very end never turning off. You can frequently see Olallie in the distance. The trail is also marked just park at the road end at the4 edge of the lake and follow the trail a short distance to where a sign marks a fork in the trail, take the up hill right fork and climb to the ridge. The trail is faint in places, but marked with ribbon until the ridge when it is obvious where to go.
A nice late summer hike. Beautiful day, temp around 60, no clouds. The summit is a cool area,lots of rock formations on the east side, and the platform for the old lookout on the N side. The platform area is about 5 feet higher than the spot on the south side with the cairn, according to my GPS altimeter. Up in 1:45, 20 min on the summit, 1:10 down. Recommended.
Enjoyed the sun at the top for a while and views of the lakes. Climbed around on some rocks and loved seeing the neighboring peaks!
Colleen & I huffed this one in about 1.25 hr. Summit stay of about 2.5 hours. Climbed & explored some outcroppings on the southwestern side. We had full on sun but was a bit chilly because of the cool Fall breeze. I was amazed at how large the summit area was. I love this volcanic stuff...
Ran into snow at 6000 and decided to go more or less staight up to the ridge. Followed that to the summit for awesome views. The June sun was beating down on 6 inches of rime deposited in the trees the night before so we got pretty soaked on the way up. We dried out and warmed up and had a great day.
Another nice day with Cornvallis. Oh yeah, the mountain and views were nice too.
Nice little hike with Shelby. T-storms threatened, but never materialized. Nice view of Jeff, a week ago we were sitting up there. Forgot to bring the car charger for the camera so no pics. Nice day, long summit stay, had the place to ourselves.
Did this hike with Brian Jenkins. Great hike with incredible views of Mt. Jefferson. There are also neat rock outcroppings to scramble around on at the summit.
As Jim described it below, we ran into plenty of fresh powder and very low visibility higher up that we simply went straight up through the trees until there was some kind of emptiness in front of us. This must have been the north ridge, which we then followed until we found the old lookout. It was good that we had placed wands because our tracks had almost disappeared after the short lunch break at the summit. After this weekend's storm, snowshoes will become useful. Well, winter is definitely here.
My wife and I were the two who joined Dean on this hike. It was thoroughly enjoyable in the morning and on the summit, but got a little hot while going down to the HP of Wasco County, climbing back up outta there to the north ridge, and hiking down the trail. All in all a very fun day with fantastic views.
A nice hike to an outstanding viewpoint. The view over to Mt. Jefferson is worth the hike and the views down to the lakes below as well as back towards Mt. Hood and the surrounding countryside is amazing. There were three in my group, rfbolton and his wife whose goal was to capture the highpoint of Wasco county on the northeastern side of the Butte, about a thousand feet below the summit. Take water as this can be a hot hike.
a pretty easy hike on a partly cloudy day. Both hood and Jefferson's summits were blocked by clouds, but had nice views of the lakes and nearby area including a large section of dead trees from a past forest fire. there were some pretty neat rock formations to the southeast of the summit, one of which had a hole through it. saw a total of 4 other people on the trail.
Risking the wrath of the Warm Springs Tribe, I hiked this butte on a windy autumn day. Winds were 50+ mi/hr on the summit, gusting higher. A little snow coated the trail. Neat old collapsed lookout building on the summit.
10/6/01 - Great Autumn day for hiking. Nice trail and we only saw one other party on it all day. Great views of Hood and Jefferson and some fun crags up top to play around on.
7/17/05 - Hiked with my girlfriend. Hot day in the 90's. Windy and cold up top though. Tried to descend fast and I think it is going to cost her several toenails. Oh that sucks. Only downside to the day. Great views of 9 stratovolcanoes from Broken Top to Rainier.