This post is a little different than our usual accounts of homesteading chaos.
In parallel with our other summer projects, Lee and I have been working on getting in better shape. We have been doing a lot of hiking and exploring new places. There are some pretty amazing vistas within a few miles of our house, but today’s hike really raised the bar for sheer beauty and left us astounded.
The Little Cowhorn Mountain hike was suggested by a couple new friends and they thankfully handled navigation to the trailhead, located up 15 miles of winding logging roads. The hike was a mile long and went 850′ uphill for a final elevation of 4250′. Just a little steep.
At the summit there was a fire lookout on a rocky outcrop. It was built in the 1960s to observe wildfires in the lower Cascades, but has been abandoned for many years.
Once we made it up to the top, the view was just glorious.
You could see from the coastal ranges to central Oregon.
Basically there was a 360° panoramic view of mountains as far as you could see. I really wanted to spend the night in the fire lookout and watch the sunset and sunrise.