The Old Cascades
31. Stahlman Point and Blowout Arm
32. Coffin Mountain
33. Bachelor Mountain
34. Bachelor Mountain via Bugaboo Ridge
35. Daly, Parish and Riggs Lakes
36. Scar Mountain and the Old Cascades Crest
37. Three Pyramids
38. Middle Santiam River via South Pyramid Creek
39. Cascadia State Park
40. Rooster Rock and the Menagerie Wilderness
41. Santiam Wagon Road
42. House Rock
43. Gordon Meadows
44. Iron Mountain
45. West Browder Ridge
46. Echo Basin and Hackleman Grove
47. Crescent Mountain
48. East Browder Ridge and Heart Lake
49. Clear Lake
50. Sahalie and Koosah Falls
The Old Cascades are aptly-named: this range of mountains to the west of the Cascade’s great volcanoes predate their more explosive cousins by many millions of years. These Cascades are of volcanic origin as well, and the soil is highly fertile. As a result, you will find some of the finest wildflower meadows in the region.
The valleys of the Old Cascades also harbor some of the finest stands of ancient forest left in Oregon, but also some of the state’s most ghastly clearcuts. You’ll see both traveling through the area. Take the time to appreciate this highly complex blend of rock pinnacles and rounded peaks, of tall trees and vast clearcuts, and of wildflower meadows and quiet canyons. The beauty of this area is how all of these blend together seamlessly. Even all of the clearcuts help illustrate the struggled many faced saving the special places in this area.
Of the six regions in this book, this one is by far the least well-known to area hikers. It is my arbitrary distinction, but to me the Old Cascades encompasses the high peaks between Detroit Lake and US 20 north to south, and from the foothills to OR 22 west to east. While some hikes such are crowded and well-loved, many other hikes are isolated and solitary, and it is in these places that you may find a peace and quiet that fills mind, body and soul.