This past Monday we again went hiking with friends. This time we hiked the Triangulation Peak Trail, about an hour and forty-five minutes northeast of our home in the Willamette National Forest on the edge of the Jefferson Wilderness Area. We drove up and over with Holly and Ivy, and I was glad to have company because it was challenging to find. We drove more than nine miles on narrow forest access roads to get to the trail head (with no signage), and our fellow hikers got lost on their way in.
After a much belated start, we hiked the cool 5 mile round trip. [It rained on our way home, so I was thankful it was only a cool hike and not a cold and wet one!] The trail has an 800 foot cumulative elevation gain. The trailhead is at 4770 feet and the peak is at 5376 feet. The 360 degree view was spectacular, even though we couldn’t see the snow-capped peak of Mt. Jefferson due to the clouds.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
[Yes, snow. And that silly face is the reason why you see Lola’s back in most of these pictures. She was a great trooper for most of the hike, though. I’m so thankful she’s now old enough to allow us these adventures.]