Elk Meadows

Taking a rest at a three-sided shelter for a great view of Mt Hood. It's always helpful to bring a dry shirt to change into at the halfway point!

Taking a rest at a three-sided shelter for a great view of Mt Hood. It’s always helpful to bring a dry shirt to change into at the halfway point!

 

Alex and I decided to go to Elk Meadows on Friday 19 July 2013. We are trying to take advantage of the snow-free months to enjoy higher elevation hikes.

 

We had a difficult time getting to the trailhead. William Sullivan’s directions confused us. We eventually went further down highway 35 to turn left at a huge sign entitled Elk Meadows! Then, frustratingly, we realized we had not brought our Northwest Forest Pass. We reluctantly returned to Government Camp to buy a day pass, and finally got on our way.

The hike itself was pretty nice. The negative: There was a lot of forest walking, and lots of buzzing flies. The positive: the climbing was very easy, Clark Creek and Newton Creek were beautiful, and it was a clear day, allowing us to view Mt Hood from the meadow very easily.

Here are some more photos from the walk.

Carlton the Loon and Todd Hogan, Baxter's toy mousie, enjoying the view together.

Carlton the Loon and Todd Hogan, Baxter’s toy mousie, enjoying the view together.

Alex taking a break from the sun under the three-sided shelter.

Alex taking a break from the sun under the three-sided shelter.

Peeking out from the shelter to the meadow and Mt Hood

Peeking out from the shelter to the meadow and Mt Hood

I’m also doing a post on where we camped after doing this hike.

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