Friday, July 11, 2008

Oregon Trip - Part 3 - Metolius River and Black Butte


After our bike tour, Dick and I drove over the Cascades to Sisters and spent a couple days exploring this area. We hiked the Metolius River which is famous for gushing springs feeding into the river . A fine trail follows the river taking you by several springs.

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The river was rip-roaring


The Metolius is a popular fly-fishing river


A major spring feed into the main river


Great wildflowers line the river - a wild rose


The river is full of beautiful rock gardens


Leopard lillys were in prolific bloom


The shrubs lining the river were in full bloom


More wildflowers lining the river


Black Butte, 6436', is a major landmark north of Sisters. From the top, you get awesome panoramic views of the Cascade range.


Can you tell it's a warm day for a hike?


A moderate 2-mile trail takes you to the top from the parking area


Hungry critters greeted the hikers at the summit


Mt. Washington


Middle and North Sisters


Three Fingered Jack


Blooming mules ears and lupine


Pretty emerging pink pine cones


A very tall fire lookout tower sits atop Black Butte


In front of Mt. Jefferson


In front of the Sisters


Lower Lookout with a tangle of lightning rods on every corner


Log cabin for the fire lookout staff


The 2-mile trail with grand views

3 comments:

dAwN said...

oh we did black butte hike october of 2oo6...way different weather and views...
http://dawnandjeffsblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/black-butte-hike-sisters-oregon.html

dAwN said...

http://dawnandjeffsblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/
black-butte-hike-sisters-oregon.html

JZ said...

Just an FYI, that pic labeled "Broken Top" is actually Mt. Washington. Cool pics!