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South Birkenfeld Mountain

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to South Birkenfeld Mountain from the Pacific Crest Trail (bobcat)
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South Birkenfeld Mountain, also known as Little Birkenfeld, is a peak on the horseshoe-shaped ridge that cradles Hamilton Creek. Directly to the north is Birkenfeld Mountain, while to the south is Table Mountain. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses over to the east side of the ridge between Birkenfeld Mountain and South Birkenfeld and then crosses back above the saddle between South Birkenfeld and Table Mountain's north ridge (the Table Mountain North Trailhead).

The entire ridge of South Birkenfeld can be ascended as a diversion from the PCT and you are more or less in the open, albeit among some tangles of brush, the whole time. The less demanding approach is to leave the PCT from the north saddle and traverse the shrubby ridge crest to meet an abandoned ATV track and rejoin the PCT where it crosses South Birkenfeld's south slope. Views from the summit extend west and south to include Three Corner Rock, Silver Star Mountain, Mount Saint Helens, Hamilton Mountain, and Mount Hood.

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