|Hawk Mt. cabin and views|
|Olallie Butte from Hawk Mt.|
After finally finding the Rho Ridge trailhead, I began the hike not knowing how long or many miles it would be until I stood atop Hawk Mt. I calculated about 5 miles during the return trip.
|Three Finger Jack, Mt. Washington and North Sister|
The steepest part of the hike was just below the summit of Hawk Mt. Once on top, the old quarters where the fire watcher lived stands out, with Mt. Jefferson as a backdrop. Before the cabin is reached, however, remnants of the old fire lookout's foundation can be seen.
Footings of old lookout tower
The door to the cabin can be opened for exploration. Inside is an array of artifacts, including an old fire extinguisher and canteen. Pictures taken when the lookout was in use adorn one wall. In the cupboards are some essentials in case someone needs to spend the night. Candles, various blankets and even a deck of cards were a few of the amenities.
Inside the cabin
A nice set of blisters accompanied me on my trip back to the trailhead. Without any moleskin or tape, I limped back to my truck. A few nice views of Mt. Hood on the return trip made the return a little more pleasant. Despite this inconvenience, along with the abundance of spider webs and ill-fated detours along the way, it was a great day in Oregon's mountains. Here are a few pictures of some of the history behind the fire lookout.
Picture on cabin wall- atop the old lookout
Existing cabin on left
Old fire extinguisher
Old water canteen