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Hiking The Ancient Cascades 2002

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy . . .
John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901

This web pages offers a few pictures and descriptions from a series hikes lead by Jane Meissner in the summer of 2002.  This class, Hiking The Ancient Cascades, was offered through the Central Oregon Community College Community Education program.

The Ancient Cascades or Old Cascades are the remnants of a chain of stratovolcanoes in Central Oregon.  They were formed about 10 millions years earlier than the mountains that form the present crest of the Cascades and lie about 20 miles to the west.  Although the peaks of the Old Cascades were once higher than today's active volcanoes like Mt. Jefferson and The South Sister, erosion has whittled them down to a maximum altitude of about 6000 feet and has left behind interesting and complex ridge and valley features.

Pictures From The Hikes

Click on any of these pictures for a description of  and pictures from a particular hike.

Castle RockCastle Rock, June 26, 2002

Dome RockDome Rock, July 10, 2002

Iron MountainIron Mountain, July 17, 2002

Coffin MountainCoffin Mountain, July 24, 2002

Crescent Mountain, Scheduled for July 31  This picture of Cone Peak (center) was taken on the Iron Mountain hike.  I'm guessing Crescent Mountain is the jagged peak on the far left of the skyline -- we'll see.
Phantom Bridge, Scheduled for August 7

Schedule of Hikes
Date Location Alternate Location
Wednesday, June 26, 2002 ü Castle Rock  {66} Cone Peak
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 ü Dome Rock & Tumble Lake  {7} Chuckseney Mountain
Wednesday, July 17, 2002 ü Iron Mountain  {12} Phantom Bridge
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 ü Coffin Mountain  {8} Cone Peak & Iron Mountain
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 Crescent Mountain {10} Horse Pasture Mountain
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 Phantom Bridge  {5} Tidbits Mountain
The number in braces, e.g. {66}, refers to the hike number from Sullivan's Guide.

© 2001 M. A. Murphy
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