#14 in the Central Book; July 18th, 2010; Moderate – 4.8 miles, 1050 feet elevation gain.
While hanging out in La Pine, I got a message from some friends in Eugene wanting to meet up for a hike. Of course! Meg & I drove west on Highway 20 and met Chad & Vicki at Tombstone Pass. The trail begins by angling down into the woods before crossing Tombstone Prairie. We then climbed up to highway and ran across to the Cone Peak Trail. Climbing steadily, we chatted away and admired the wildflowers and the rare, shaggy-barked Alaska cedars. The trail switchbacks up the mountain then bursts out of the forest into a rock garden of summer wild flowers. Cone Peak Meadows is the turnaround point for the moderate hike. We admired the view and took a bunch of pictures before heading back down the hill.
Switched to the lensbaby for some creative shots:
Wild flowers! (I don’t know what any of them are, but they sure are pretty.)
Notes: Open mid-May to mid-October. There is a longer loop option. The parking area was very crowded the Sunday we were there, but the trail itself wasn’t so bad. Saw lots of dogs, but no kids; older kids would probably do fine.