Elk Meadows, Mt. Hood 7/22/17 (#38)
This hike includes a lovely walk through the woods,
a slightly harrowing crossing of Newton Creek,
seven switchbacks up to the ridge top through woods and a hanging garden,
and a gentle descent to blooming Elk Meadows with views to the east side of Mt. Hood.
So many flowers in the meadows!
We circumnavigated the perimeter of the meadow through lupine carpeted forest.
We returned back down down the hanging meadow switchbacks, back over the rushing Newton Creek on tippy logs, and a quiet amble back to the trailhead.
It is about 5 miles to the meadow and back, and another 2 miles around the perimeter and exploring the meadow area, for a total of 7 miles/1200 feet.
Lookback: We have hiked Elk Meadows before, with different views each time. I found photos from August 2013, where yellow flowers were prominent in the meadows, and once again, the top of the mountain was capped with clouds. We hiked with microspikes to the meadow in March of 2015, an especially low snow year, and had a crystal clear view of the mountain across pristine white meadows.
Progress on a few knitting projects: