Kelly Cleman, our new Hikes Committee chairperson, led three other CONC members up to Cone Mountain Meadow and Iron Peak trail on Tuesday. They were rewarded with lovely cool hiking temperatures and scores of flowers carpeting the hillside. Among them were Larkspurs, Indian Paintbrush, Penstemon and many other kinds of flowers. It had rained the night before and so the flowers were fresh and vibrant and a joy to see. Frequent stops allowed everyone to take pictures and ooh and ahh over the flowers.
After they left the meadows behind, they climbed up Iron Peak to the viewing platform which was a perfect stop for lunch. Up there, they encountered some other CONC hikers and one of the sweetest little dogs on their own private hike. The weather had been alternating between clouds and sun most of the day, but there was no wind and the cloud ceiling was high enough that they could see Mt Washington and the base of the Three Sisters. On the return, within about a mile of the trailhead, a soft rain started falling, but they were protected by the dense forest. They returned to the Tombstone Pass trailhead via the old Santiam Wagon Road trail to complete a terrific day.