Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oregon Hike: Sherrard Point, Larch Mountain

After two days of dreary weather, the sun emerged in full glory beckoning us on a late afternoon excursion to see "the mountain." Though the hike along the quarter-mile-long trail from the Larch Mountain parking lot to the fenced in viewpoint atop Sherrard Peak was short, the icy, howling wind made it a challenge. But the crystal clear views of five snow-clad volcanoes--Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount Jefferson--was reward enough!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Munra Point, Columbia Gorge

The sharp, treeless ridge leading south from Munra Point in the Columbia Gorge. The lack of forest cover provides for some spectacular views which on this fine day included Mount Adams as well as the top of Mount Rainier!

The Hike to Munra Point

A sunny weekend in mid-November beckoned us to the knife-edged ridges of Munra Point in the Columbia Gorge! Off the beaten path, this unmaintained footpath led up almost 2,000 feet to this volcanic rock ridge high above Bonneville Dam. The ridge reminded me of the ridges of Oahu's Ko'olau Mountains where I wandered as a kid! A bit of Hawai'i in Oregon!