Two CONC hikers took the trail less traveled to the peak of Crescent Mountain in the Willamette National Forest on Sunday, June 30. The north trail was taken as it is a bit shorter than the south trail, but still rated as “difficult” due to the 2200 feet of elevation gain and the 9 mile distance. The hike is highly recommended by the two, because it goes through a thick hemlock forest, keeping a person cool. But the summit is the objective with a view of the surrounding peaks and the secluded Crescent Lake. On this day there was the bonus of being the only two on this trail lined with rhododendrons, bear grass, and mushrooms.
Photos by Shannon Bergstedt