Iron Mountain Hike
Hike time in the Willamette National Forest! We decided to try out a new path so we headed to Iron Mountain, with hopes that the snow had melted. Iron Mountain sits about 45 miles east of Corvallis, and brings a crowd during spring and summer….and during the summer, the mountain is said to showcase over 300 species of flowering plants! Wowzas! It passes through several meadows and alpine before reaching the volcanic rock near the peak. You end up hiking about a 2000 ft elevation climb in less than two miles, so it is a nice little workout!
Trilliums covered the ground, a sign that the snow recently melted!
Blue delphiniums sat brightly on the open hillside meadow at about 2300 feet elevation. Delphinium in general is very poisonous when eaten and can irritate the skin, so remember to look but don’t touch!
And then we hit the snow. It started out as little patches here and there, but slowly turned into solid snow by the foot as we neared the peak.
So, in early June, you get to see the unique snow bed flora — the plants that emerge just as the snows melt. It is amazing to think that these plants push their little sprouts through the snow melt!
It is said that you can see Mt Hood, Mount St Helens, Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington, Three Sisters, and Diamond Peak on a clear day…Hopefully next time it will be a little more sunny and less snowy!
And here we hit the real snow factor. With snow sitting at least four feet high, we couldn’t go any further. We could however have a miniature snowball fight, which made the hike totally worth it.