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|DOIN' THE DOUG - TRAIL GUIDES|
Cone Peak Trail
| Length: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,130 - 5,000 feet
William Sullivan [WS 16] says the trail is 5.2 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of 1050 feet.
Forest Service Trail #3408 Site: Cone Peak
including Alaskan cedars, rare in the Cascades.
William Sullivan notes that "the entire ridge from Iron Mountain to Echo Mountain is a biological wonderland, featuring 17 types of trees (more than any other area in Oregon) and 60 plant species considered rare or unusual in the Western Cascades." The Cone Peak trail climbs along the middle of the ridge running from Iron Mountain to Echo Mountain.
In the summer along this trail, you can see many wild flowers. Most of the pictures of wild flowers to be seen in the
High Meadows Flowers Page are from Cone Peak, as are nearly half of the Deep Woods Page.
If you look up from the wildflowers, you will see magnificent views
of Iron Mountain, as well as south across Tombstone Pass, east to South Peak,
and to Echo Peak beyond.
If you go along the trail past the meadows a little way towards Iron Mountain so you can see northeast, you will catch a glimpse of Mt. Jefferson.
Directions: From Sweet Home, travel east on Highway 20 for 34.6
miles to Tombstone Pass. The parking area for several trails is to
the right of the Highway. The trailhead is past the restroom, near
a message board. Start along the Tombstone Pass Nature Trail.
Halfway along the nature trail (a little less than 0.4 miles) Cone
Peak Trail connects on the left. The trail soon crosses Highway 20
(CAUTION) and heads uphill through a mature forest.