Day Hike - NW corner of Mt. Hood - McNeil Point

11:33 a.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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On July 23rd I got up early and drove to the Topspur Trailhead (4000') on the NW side of Mt. Hood, Oregon.  This was for a day hike.  I was the first one up that day except for the guy who was coming out at 7:45.  He'd gone in at 4:30am to take some pics.


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Temperature at the trailhead.  Nice and cool!


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Bunchberry


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Beargrass flower


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I almost never manipulate to use odd color but I did here.  Mt. Hood and larkspur from the side of Bald Mountain


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Mt. Hood from Bald Mtn. trail


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Mariposa lily


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Larkspur


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Indian paintbrush and larkspur


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Yocum ridge falls from across the Muddy Fork of the Sandy River


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Mt. Hood summit from west side


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Beargrass can look like little ghosts along the trail


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Hit snow at 5000'


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There were thousands of avalanche lilys


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Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams from McNeil Ridge (6000')


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Mts. St. Helens, Rainier and Adams


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The two white patched in the center are snow patches along the trail.  The top one is around Bald Mtn. and the lower one is above the Muddy Fork of  the Sandy River.


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Three peaks from McNeil Ridge - July 23, 2011


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Western Pasque Flower - or Old Man's Beard


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McNeil shelter - Great place to have mice in your food!


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Top half of Mt. Hood - Part of Sandy glacier


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Sandy glacier


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Red circle at center is around a guy coming up the "trail" up the nose of McNeil Ridge.  Because of snow this was the easier way to get up there.


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Pasque flower again


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This is the largest paintbrush I've seen.  Found along the steep part of the nose if McNeil ridge.  It's at least 2" across and there were several of them nearby.


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Leaves, as I was leaving.  It was a top notch day hike.  No mosquitoes and only a few biting flies.  I was leaving as most people were coming in.
























3:07 p.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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WOW! Eye popping colors and photos.....I've got to get out there someday....

 

thanks for sharing!

3:10 p.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Stunning to say the least.......

6:11 p.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Awesome!  glad to see that SOMEONE had good weather in the Cascades this Summer!

 

6:38 p.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Looks like a great hike! That last green plant is very similar if not the same to a plant we have in the east that I've only seen growing above 4000ft, called False Hellebore (Veratrum viride). It grows in both the eastern and western states, and is quite toxic if eaten. Very pretty, though :)

9:51 p.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanks for the Picutures of the Floria. Thats absolutlely awesome. My family members are big Wildflower fans and would love to look at what you have posted. I am emailing them to see your trip report. Fantastic views.:)

10:46 p.m. on July 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Very nice! I'm hoping to get on parts of the PCT soon.

9:42 a.m. on July 29, 2011 (EDT)
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That's it!  I couldn't think if the name of it when I posted the pic.  Thank you.

10:43 a.m. on August 3, 2011 (EDT)
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Very nice pictures of the hike. I have not been in the pacific NW in 30 years.

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