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Day Hike - Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Loops

One of Oregon's top wildflower & butterfly hotspots, with highest subalpine wildflower diversity in Oregon's western Cascades. Paced for naturalist/photo interests.

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  • Sat, Jun 18, 2016 — Sun, Jun 19, 2016
  • Seattle Naturalists Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Day Hiking
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

8:30am at Tombstone Pass trailhead, south side of highway 20 east, 36 miles east of Sweet Home (exit from I-5 at Albany) or 13 miles west of Santiam Pass.

Registration for the naturalist/photo weekend is for 2 days.  Do not register for June 18-19 weekend if you are only able to attend 1 day.  

If rainy forecast, the trip may be rescheduled to following weekend or 2 weeks later. 

Forest trailhead pass (or combo FS/NP pass) required for each vehicle. 

Recommend camping at nearby Forest Service campground or Cascadia State Park (approx 20 miles W of trailhead.   Leader will be camping at House Rock FS campground (26mi W of Sweet Home),  Friday & Saturday evenings.   Campsite sharing encouraged, as campgrounds fill quick on weekends via reservation or first come first serve basis.   Dispersed camping may be available in area.

Plant list for 320 species available online at Mt plant list.pdf .  The plant list includes cross-ref to page# in guidebook "Wildflowers of the Western Cascades."

Leader will bring both wildflower guidebooks to share with the group.

If you have time to extend your trip in central Oregon, consider visiting one of the nearby wildflower/butterfly hotspots at Browder Ridge or Crescent Mountain trails, or hike Metolius River trail (wildflowers & birds, near hwy 20, 9 mi W of Sisters).


Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Loops

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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