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Posted on Jun 12, 2015

Adventures in Oregon: Triangulation Peak

Here in Oregon, Mount Hood gets a lot of attention. And rightly so – it’s quite remarkable. However, Mount Jefferson is pretty darn spectacular, and our hike last weekend led us to a view that took my breath away.

After driving on some rather questionable roads to get to the trailhead (though nothing like the drive to Alder Springs or Kentucky Falls!), we hiked up Triangulation Peak Trail, which is a fairly innocuous path that remains mostly level until some inclined switchbacks toward the end.

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Along the way, we walked under dense trees that kept us mostly shaded.

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Wildflowers were beginning to pop up here and there, and it was lovely to see little splashes of color along the way.

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As we wound our way up the path, we could catch a glimpse of mountains but the real treat came once we made the final scramble upward to Triangulation Peak: a picture-perfect view of Mount Jefferson.

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From this vantage point, not only could we see Mount Jefferson but we could also see Mount Hood off in the distance with Spire Rock in the foreground.

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We could also see (far, far away) the Three Sisters.

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We lingered for quite awhile, taking in the views and admiring the wildflowers that are lucky enough to enjoy this view every day.

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At just a tad over 4 miles, this hike is relatively easy but offers up astonishing views. If you have the opportunity to venture out into the Jefferson Wilderness, check out Triangulation Peak – I promise you won’t regret it!

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