Cairn basin & McNeil point 8/25/19

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Cairn basin & McNeil point 8/25/19

Post by CyrusK. » August 26th, 2019, 8:23 am

Yesterday I returned to one of my favorite places on Mt. Hood: the northwest side. It's become a tradition for me to go up there around late summer/early fall every year. I brought a friend of mine who'd never been to the area before. Anyway, here's the photos:
A grouse on the road, refusing to move:
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Foggy forest on the way up:
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A mossy brook crossing:
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Crystal-clear pools along a small stream:
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The first talus field:
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Entering the alpine:
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The creek crossing just above Cathedral canyon:
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The open meadow just before Cairn basin:
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The Cairn basin shelter:
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Here we started a little off-trail section. Looking down on Cairn basin:
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Large boulder in the slopes above the basin:
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We took a short break on top of it.
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The area below the Ladd moraines:
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I love the whole area above Cairn basin.
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Topping out on a ridge above Cairn basin. Ladd creek runs through behind that line of trees. Gladd ridge center right.
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I've hit the photo limit already, more in the comments.
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Re: Cairn basin & McNeil point 8/25/19

Post by CyrusK. » August 26th, 2019, 8:30 am

Here's the rest:
Hippie heads on Gladd ridge:
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McGee creek meadows:
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Meltwater coming off of Glisan:
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A tenacious snowbridge:
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A small patch of wildflowers in the middle of the Glisan moraines:
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Glacial chatter marks on a rock in the moraine:
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Banded rhyolite:
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A small spring pops out from under a rock, covered in monkeyflowers.
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Back on trail, traversing to McNeil point:
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I love this one section of the trail:
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Strange colors on this rock:
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Mcneil point!
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Tiny grouseberries (blade of grass for comparison):
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Oh my god I've hit the photo limit again.
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Re: Cairn basin & McNeil point 8/25/19

Post by CyrusK. » August 26th, 2019, 8:31 am

Coming down the steep shortcut trail:
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The mountain on the way out:
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Sorry that was way longer than I expected it to be. Hope you enjoyed the ridiculous amount of photos!
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Re: Cairn basin & McNeil point 8/25/19

Post by Webfoot » August 26th, 2019, 1:48 pm

CyrusK. wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 8:31 am
Hope you enjoyed the ridiculous amount of photos!
Yes.

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Re: Cairn basin & McNeil point 8/25/19

Post by mjirving » August 26th, 2019, 8:05 pm

Cool pics! Thanks for the ones of me. ;)

I was up high crossing the Ladd Glacier and then above the Glisan Glacier on my high route loop around the mountain when these were taken.

It is a beautiful area. Congrats on making it back as part of your tradition.

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