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    LOWER PROXY FALLS

    by mtncorg Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Mountain dogs welcome you to Lower Proxy Falls

    9 miles east from OR 126, the McKenzie Highway, OR 242, will take you the Proxy Falls Trailhead. A short hiking loop - one mile - takes you to the base of two waterfalls - Upper Proxy and Lower Proxy. The falls tumble off glacially-carved cliffs, cut over 6000 years ago. More recent basaltic lava flows have covered the canyon floors, damming the outlet splash pool of the upper falls.

    Your trail wanders up and through the old lava flows and in no time you are at the Lower Proxy Falls, two main cascades breaking into many on the green clad cliffs in deep ancient forests.

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    TURQUOISE WATERS

    by mtncorg Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Turquoise waters of the McKenzie gleam from below

    The blues of the river are incredible as they rush downstream hypnotically. Crystal clear, this is not bather friendly water being only a few degrees from a frozen state. It is possible to take a loop trip around both Koosah and Sahalie Falls on both sides of the river. Foot bridges both upstream of Sahalie and downstream of Koosah enable the 2.6 mile circuit to be made.

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    UPPER PROXY FALLS 2

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    Mountain dogs search in vain for Upper splash pool

    The Upper Proxy Falls ends in a splash pool at the base of huge lava flows. The pool never overflows as water percolates down through the lava reemerging with waters from the nearby likewise lava-dammed Linton Lake, a couple miles down the canyon in huge springs recreating lost creeks.

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    CONE PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Cone Peak rising above wildflower display

    The Cone Peak/Iron Mountain hiking loop off US 20 at Tombstone Pass - just west of the highway junction below Santiam Pass - is one of the best places to experience the magnificense of the Cascade Mountain wildflower show. The whole loop is only a little under 7 miles and the views and flowers are truly grand.

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    SAHALIE FALLS

    by mtncorg Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Colors purified at Sahalie Falls

    A mile down from the McKenzie River's birth at the outlet of Clear Lake, the river roars over the 100 foot high Sahalie Falls. A marked parking area with an adjacent rest area gives access to a couple of grand viewpoints from which you can marvel at this magnificent cataract.

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    KOOSAH FALLS

    by mtncorg Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Primary colors demonstrated at Koosah Falls

    Another halfmile down from Sahalie Falls, the river repeats its act with a 70 foot plunge over Koosah Falls. Lying off the highway a short distance seems to cut down a bit on the number of stopping motorists - their loss, your gain.

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    SAHALIE FALLS 2

    by mtncorg Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Waters' power and glory on display; Sahalie Falls

    Moss, ferns and green grasses - kept green by the huge rainbowed mists - act in colorful counterpoint to the snow white mane of the falls. Deep, blue skies look down from above, responsible for the hints of pure turquoise in the roaring waters below.

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    LOWER PROXY FALLS 2

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    Mists and cascades of Lower Proxy Falls

    From an overlook, you can make your way down closer to the base of the falls on rough bootpaths and the occasional downed tree. Mists surround you as you gaze at the dancing waters tumbling down mossy cliffs.

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    CONE PEAK II

    by mtncorg Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Iron Mountain rising to west of Cone Peak flowers

    The best direction from the parking lot on Tombstone Pass is east - you need to buy a $5 day parking pass or have an annual NW Forest Pass. You switchback up Cone Peak and eventually come to pumice meadows ablaze with color in July. Iron Mountain, with its lookout and the southern spire, looms to the west.

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    IRON MOUNTAIN FLOWERS

    by mtncorg Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Trail ascending through wildflowers - Iron Mt

    From Cone Peak you continue west across a flower-bedecked saddle in to forests at the base of Iron Mountain. Going much of the way around the mountain, you come to a trail going up to the lookout atop the peak. Many swithcbacks take you up through flowered gardens.

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    IRON MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT

    by mtncorg Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Mtncorg investigates lookout atop Iron Mt

    Atop, you find grand views of the Cascades from Diamond Peak in the south to Mt Hood in the north. The lookout is manned during the fire season and is not open to the public. You can peer through the door when it is not in use at the simple interior within. A earlier lookout was literally blown off the summit by autumn storms and one of the lookouts also fell to his death here - a memorial is placed just to the south of the lookout.

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    IRON MOUNTAIN ONWARD

    by mtncorg Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Over 300 species of wildflowers are here - Iron Mt

    From the top you return through the flowers you came up through - maybe not sweating as much - and return to your car after crossing US 20 and heading east for a final mile along the trail following the old Santiam Wagon Road. Hard to imagine wagons rocking along in these high forests.

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    UPPER PROXY FALLS

    by mtncorg Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Upper Proxy Falls cascading down

    A short distance beyond Lower Proxy Falls, you come to the Upper Falls. It rambles a little more boisterously than its neighbor, the Lower.

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    KOOSAH FALLS 2

    by mtncorg Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Churning waters take the leap at Koosah Falls

    Again, several viewpoints are available along easy trails - both downstream and at the falls' brink. The forests here area old ancient trees, some of the Douglas firs being over 6 feet thick.

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