14. Lupine at Elk Meadows, and a bit of Knitting, 7/22/2017

Elk Meadows, Mt. Hood   7/22/17  (#38)

This hike includes a lovely walk through the woods,

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Lupine near the trailhead, with the tip of Mt. Hood in the trees.

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Trailhead

a slightly harrowing crossing of Newton Creek,

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Mt. Hood and 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.

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So many flowers in the meadows!

We circumnavigated the perimeter of the meadow through lupine carpeted forest.

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Lupine in the woods

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Mt. Hood

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A million asters!

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More lupine and asters

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Bugbane and lupine

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Another mountain view

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.

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August 2013

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March, 2015

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July, 2017

Knitting

Progress on a few knitting projects:

One thought on “14. Lupine at Elk Meadows, and a bit of Knitting, 7/22/2017

  1. Pingback: Elk and Summit Meadows, Mt Hood, Oregon, and ‘Tour de Craft’ | Margaret Quilts

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