A Small Winter Hike

in travelfeed •  9 months ago 

In an effort to get back outside, take some pictures and post again after a long sickness I got out for a small hike at Whychus Creek Overlook. It is only about a mile round trip but offers some spectacular snow capped peak views of the Central Oregon Cascades along the way. It is a fairly level, hard packed trail designed to accommodate people of all ages and wheel chairs if needed. On this day I had the trail pretty much to myself. :)

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An old burned out tree is the first thing I come across on my way to the overlook. I'm glad they leave these as a reminder to how devastating forest fires can be.


Approaching the overlook you can see a side trail to the left that will take you down to the creek.


A shot of the overlook on the cliff above the creek. I like the use of the lava rock to create a barrier to keep people safe on the cliff.


A small pano of the view. On the far left is Broken Top, followed by The Three Sisters (South, Middle and North), on the far right you get a small view of Mt Washington.


A view of Whychus Creek down below as it flows under The Three Sisters.


Mt Washington on the left and Three Fingered Jack on the right. You can also see some of the fire scars from the Milli Fire that burned in 2017. That fire caused us to be evacuated for 5 days.


It looks like spring is trying to start even though it is still early February. :)


Further down the trail a shot of Mt Jefferson to the north.


One of the many little rock formations along the hike.


A couple more shots looking north from some bench seating along the trail.


I decided to leave the trail and take a little scramble up the rocks to check out the hole in the rocks. Look for another post about my trials and tribulations to try and get a picture of Mt Jefferson through that hole. :)


A view looking back south from my perch on the rocks.


More rock formations on my way back to the trail head.


A little more info and maps at the TH.

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Photos taken by me, @oldmans, with a Nikon D3300 and some Lightroom post processing.

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Thank you!

Great that you got out again, my friend, and from the photos and your story I can tell that you enjoyed it :)
If you didn't say that it was only about 1 mile I would have thought that it was a much longer hike because of that many photos with such great views.

Apart from the cool panoramas I like the second photo most, where the path leads in a curve through the trees towards the snowy mountains, which is nicely framed by the trees 😊


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Thank you Johann, it was great to get out again! It is an amazing little walk with lots of views that is only about 15 minutes from my house.

I had been here a couple times before but this was the first time I went in that direction on the loop trail. I probably hadn't seen that view before. :)

You are most welcome Bill, I know how it feels to get out again after a long time.

I can imagine when you go a different direction you see the things and views which otherwise are behind you. That's why they say you should also turn around when you take a photo, because the best photo opportunity is often behind you, and I can tell you that this is true :)


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Good advice. I will have to remember that when taking photos. :)

Good morning my friend 🙂

When once I had a good but not that nice sunrise in the mountains I turned around to go back to the car I have seen a beautiful alpen glow, which has happened right behind me and my not so beautiful sunrise. Since that day I look into all directions when I take photos ... I try to ;)

Have a great day and weekend 🙂


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Photos are great. Did you take frames with a professional camera? Your expression is also very good. I felt like i was travelling with you :)

Thank you! I have been working on my writing so it is nice to get some feedback. :)

I used a Nikon D3300 DSLR which is low end, entry level camera. I also use Adobe Lightroom to catalog my photos. It also allows me to make the panoramas and do some post process editing.

I appreciate you stopping by. :)



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