Elk Meadows 01-Oct-2010

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Elk Meadows 01-Oct-2010

Post by VanMarmot » October 2nd, 2010, 6:36 am

Yesterday, I made a brief pilgrimage to Elk Meadows. After crossing Newton Creek,

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I wandered up to Elk Mountain for a view across to Lookout Mountain,

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to mirror the view I had from Lookout back toward Elk and Hood in July of this year.

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Then I spent some time in the meadows, enjoying the warm sunshine, Fall colors, and gentle breeze flowing across the grasses.

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After far too short of a visit, I headed down, catching a last look at Hood from the trail into Newton Creek Canyon.

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I wasn’t surprised to find the TH parking lot nearly full when I got back – why wouldn’t you want to be in the wilderness on a perfect Fall day? It had been sunny when I left Portland, but I returned to find it blanketed in a gloom of stubborn low clouds. I would have lingered longer on the Mountain had I known.

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Re: Elk Meadows 01-Oct-2010

Post by mayhem » October 3rd, 2010, 12:00 am

Brings back some great memories and lots of Pain!! Even with Morphine, Vicodin, Tequila.
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Re: Elk Meadows 01-Oct-2010

Post by Splintercat » October 3rd, 2010, 9:51 am

...well, that's an intriguing cliff-hanger, Mayhem... are you going to elaborate..? :lol:

Van, I like that shot looking across the meadows at Bluegrass Ridge -- the burn is already taking on a nice silver cast. I hiked up the cutoff trail right after the fire, and it was amazing how hot that fire was near the crest of the ridge -- even the beargrass was burned right down to the roots! I personally find burns to be quite beautiful, especially during recovery when you have a lot of standing snags remaining. As a kid, that was the predominant image around the south side of Mount Hood, where the snags from the Sherar and Kinzel burns were still up in force.

Nice pics -- fall colors looking nice, too. I picked a gorgeous week to pick up a crappy winter cold..! Ugh.

Tom :roll:

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Re: Elk Meadows 01-Oct-2010

Post by mayhem » October 3rd, 2010, 10:11 am

Splintercat wrote:...well, that's an intriguing cliff-hanger, Mayhem... are you going to elaborate..? :lol:

Van, I like that shot looking across the meadows at Bluegrass Ridge -- the burn is already taking on a nice silver cast. I hiked up the cutoff trail right after the fire, and it was amazing how hot that fire was near the crest of the ridge -- even the beargrass was burned right down to the roots! I personally find burns to be quite beautiful, especially during recovery when you have a lot of standing snags remaining. As a kid, that was the predominant image around the south side of Mount Hood, where the snags from the Sherar and Kinzel burns were still up in force.

Nice pics -- fall colors looking nice, too. I picked a gorgeous week to pick up a crappy winter cold..! Ugh.

Tom :roll:
herniated disk :( It acts up from time to time. I took all the pain killers above at the same to get relief, but relief was not to be. It turns out they did work because once I got out of the meadow and back home the drug wore off and I was bed ridden for 1.5 weeks. But This was still one of the most peaceful trips ever. I love this place!
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