Palmateer Point, Mt Hood October 27, 2017 (#52)
When we were at Frog Lake Buttes in September, we saw the view of Mt Hood included a closer viewpoint at Palmateer Point. We put that on our list for a future hike, and this late October fall day was perfect. The hike starts at Barlow Pass, then proceeds south on the Pacific Crest Trail for 1.3 miles before heading east across Palmateer Creek to the rocky bald that is Palmateer Point. There were landscape views that included the bright yellow triangular larches. Huckleberry and vine maple provide the reds and gold of autumn. From the lunch spot at the top of Palmateer Point we identified the bright orange of Barlow Butte as another spot to put on our future hike list.
We circled around to the meadow called Devil’s Half Acre on our return trip. The descent to the meadow on a steep hillside crossed by several small streams was really lovely and secluded. We will be back in spring to see the wildflowers in this meadow.
Total mileage for the day – about 6.5 miles, 800 feet.
Jonsrud Viewpoint, Sandy, Oregon
We stopped on the way home to take in the view back to Mt Hood:
I took a drop spindle class at my local yarn shop, Twisted. I have long been fascinated with how it works as it looks like magic. I’m glad to have a chance to try it – it is not that hard, but must take lots of practice to make a smooth, even yarn. I don’t think I will take it up as an obsessive hobby, but I can see the appeal.