Showing posts from November, 2014

Snowy Hike to Corrigan Lake

Diamond Peak Wilderness is a hikers' paradise, especially once the mosquitoes have died back for the year. Corrigan Lake is a worthy destination for a short day hike on the western side of Diamond Peak. After a very cold night camping at Indigo Springs Campground we set out for the Corrigan Lake trailhead. There was a fair amount of snow around the 5,000 foot mark, but nothing too serious.

The trail starts out across the road from the relatively large (4 plus car) pull-out. There are some impressive Douglas-fir and western hemlock along the short 2 mile trail. You will climb only about 500 feet to Corrigan Lake, mostly on a couple of switchbacks. The trail continues past Corrigan Lake and meets up with trail 3699, which traverses the western side of Diamond Peak wilderness. There are many great trails nearby including Vivian Lake/Divide Lake and Rockpile Lake trails, which could be accessed from the Corrigan Lake trailhead.

After spending some time wandering around Corrigan Lak…

Linton Lake and Linton Falls

Linton Lake is a short 1.5 mile hike from the historic Highway 242. The trailhead is on the north side of Highway 242 at Alder Springs Campground, but the trail starts out on the south side. You start the hike in a relatively young mixed Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest and pass through a series of small lava beds. Keep an eye out for 'bonsai' trees growing out of these rocks.

When you come to a closed off junction go right (uphill) towards the open lava field. After crossing two large open lava fields you will start the decent to Linton Lake. The forest on this section of the hike is incredibly straight and large. 
 After sitting around for a little while in the pouring rain we decided to hike out to Linton Falls. The 'trail' to Linton Falls involves a lot of climbing over massive downed Douglas-fir. There is another large camp area just before Linton Creek, which could be flooded after heavy rain. There is a fairly established trail that leads up the north side o…

Fall Hike to Duffy and Mowich Lakes

Straddling the Cascade Crest and three different National Forests lies the relatively large Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Home to an incredible array of forest types, rivers, creeks, alpine lakes, and nearly 200 miles of trails, Mount Jefferson Wilderness is understandably very popular. Marion Lake and Duffy Lake are two of the most popular destinations on the west side of the Wilderness, while Jack Lake and Wasco Lake are popular east side destinations. There are many other opportunities for long hikes including a 40 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail to Duffy Lake starts out in a very impressive old-growth Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest as it climbs slightly in elevation.
Climbing through a misty old-growth forest on a crispy fall day is one the best things about living in the Willamette Valley. After walking through about a mile of large trees there is shift towards trees that grow better at a higher elevation such as mountain hemlock and a variety of true firs.…