Wilson Peak & area

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A grassy hike south of Cascade, Wilson Peak area is surrounded by grazing.

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Tom was on a schedule, so chose Wilson Peak. After my visit to the dentist, I hopped in my rig and drove down to Cabarton Road south of Cascade. Then I jumped in Tom's rig for the drive up the hill. We paused briefly so Tom could run up Granite Peak (and I joined him). Then we drove farther toward Snowbank Mountain and parked in a pullout. There's Wilson Peak over there.

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There is a trail. Actually, there are lots of trails. Most of the trails are put there by the cattle grazing in the valley. We followed some of these trails, but you don't have to; it's pretty open navigation and the valley is pretty flat. Just walk toward the peak. As we got close, it wasn't clear if that was our highpoint on the left, or perhaps elsewhere. Tom cheated and looked at the map.

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So we swung over to the right-hand ridge and started up.

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Despite some smoky haze, there were great views all around.

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It's not a big mountain, but it does have false summits. There's our real summit back there.

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The summit is broad and sagebrushy.

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As we ambled back, we decided to also tag Gabe's Peak. Again, just walk- you can see plenty.

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Except when we got closer, there were some ridges and bumps. Gabe's is sort of shy, peeking through some trees.

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From the top of Gabe's you get a great view of Wilson.

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And Snowbank. And Squaw Butte, etc.

Time to head back.

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Slow elk in the meadow.

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From near the rig, looking back west at Gabe's. Trailhead

When we got back to the rig, we drove up to the buildings on Snowbank Mountain and parked. I recognized this building from when we snowshoed up here in 2010. Except now Tom told me the other summit, over there, was higher.

So we hopped out and walked over to the other summit. When we got back to the rig, I took this shot, but with the intent of showing the smoke plume, or pyrocumulus, from the Pioneer fire.

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Map

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