Date: July 26, 2008
Location: Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon
Distance: 5.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft.
It was a very overcast, cloudy day for this hike, so we didn’t get the great views of Mount Hood that we saw last July when we did the same hike, however, being in the clouds has a different kind of appeal. It’s one and a half miles to Mirror Lake, and from there about another 2 miles to the summit of Tom Dick Harry Mountain. Since there was so much snowfall this past winter, the rhododendrons and wildflowers were blooming later than usual. We passed a lizard of some type and a huge banana slug. When we reached the summit, there was a very pesky, greedy chipmunk that wouldn’t leave us alone. The elevation at the summit is just over 5,000 feet and normally there are views of several other Cascade mountains.
forest full of rhododendrons
old rockslide along the trail
foggy day with no views
salamander that scurried across in front of me and scared the be-jesus out of me
rhododendrens: an Oregon native
large rock cairn ahead on the trail
the summit of Harry of Tom Dick Harry Mountain
super greedy chipmunk
looking back at the summit
interesting bridge along the trail