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Timberline high point

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Ridge going East from Timberline Trail high point (Jerry Adams)
North of Timberline Trail high point, the trail goes over a vast lava field marked by large rock cairns with posts (Jerry Adams)


The high point of the Timberline Trail is about a mile south of the Cooper Spur Shelter. This area is very desolate, with a few gnarled trees, but mostly rocks. You get great views east, north (Mount Adams), and south (Mount Jefferson).

At the Timberline High Point, there are two ridges that go east from the trail. On each ridge there are some flat areas where you could put up a tent, but it's very exposed so it wouldn't be good if it's wet or windy. There are a couple small streams early in the season. Late in the season, just south of the high point is another stream that provides adequate drinking water. Early in the season it's pretty silty. In September, it may have water only in late afternoon and you may have to dam it up and let the silt settle before getting water.

Just north of the high point the Timberline Trail traverses a desolate lava field with huge rock cairns to mark the way. Snow fields linger late into the summer and may not melt completely all year.

Just south of the high point the trail goes steeply down a boulder field, again, snow fields may be there all summer. It's a bit hard to find the way.

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