Ascent of Echo Mountain on 2009-06-28

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Echo Mountain
    Elevation:5800 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak became an objective after John Kirk discovered that it is a 2000-foot+ prominence (AKA P2K). This ascent left me with only three remaining peaks to complete the P2K list for Oregon. Unfortunately two of those three were difficult climbs -- North Sister and Big Craggies. I was hoping to complete them in 2009, but Big Craggies waited until 2010.

Meanwhile Echo Mountain and the two P300s+ along the ridge to it (Cone Peak and South Peak) make a very pleasant day of cross-country hiking combined with a very fine trail. The trailhead is on US Highway 20 at Tombstone Pass, east of Sweet Home and west of the junction with Oregon State Route 126. The ridge walk and summits provide excellent views of the Oregon volcanoes from Hood to Diamond, even on a hazy day.

This photo was taken on the summit of Echo Mountain and shows South Peak on the left and Cone Peak on the right. In the left-center background is Iron Mountain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1580 ft / 481 m
    Trailhead:Cone Peak TH 44.39507N 122.14015W  4220 ft / 1286 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack

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