[photo]P1060904.JPG[caption]Mount Jefferson from the west.[/photo]
[photo]P1060908.JPG[caption]The north slopes of the Mount Jefferson plateau[/photo]
From the map I chose a road crossing the range north of Mount Jefferson. I also found a spur road that went up a side valley closer and higher to the edge of the plateau than the start of the official Mount Jefferson Trail. I found a flat spot besides my spur to camp. There was not water in this valley, but the map showed springs further up. I planned to take a large plastic bottle along to fill on the way back so that I could camp a 2nd night, something I prefer after a long climb.
[photo]P1060911.JPG[caption]The head of the Moores Cr. valley in the distance from the end of my valley.[/photo]
The next morning I found a faint trail past the end of the road and soon a trickle of water. I then climbed up to the ridge where the trail comes up from further west. Near the top I saw some cows who ran away. I saw more further along who were very shy, some ran away before I saw them, I only heard the crashing in the bushes. The trail was rather inconsistent and past the first snow patches I lost it. For a while I traversed through the quite open aspen forest, but there were a lot of deadfalls. Higher up I avoided the snow as much as possible, but just below the plateau I had to kick steps up a short very steep slope.
[photo]P1060926.JPG[caption]The first view of the three summits of Mount Jefferson: North Summit left, South in... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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