Tenas Peak (Mount Thielsen Wilderness) 14-Aug-2016

Tenas Peak Mount Thielsen Wilderness Oregon

Tenas Peak (6,558 feet) is an ancient cinder cone that sits just west of the Cascade Crest on the northern boundary of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness (details).  The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a short distance to the east and Cowhorn Mountain (also called Cowhorn Butte by some), a somewhat better known hike and short scramble, lies a few miles to the north (post).  What drew my attention to Tenas was a write-up about it by Oregon Wild (post), presumably to build interest in either expanding the Thielsen wilderness or creating a larger Crater Lake wilderness (details).  It sounded like an interesting loop hike in an area I hadn’t visited before (it’s off the Windigo Pass road as is Cowhorn Mountain, but sooner). The clincher was that Tenas used to host a Forest Service fire lookout and supposedly has excellent views (yes, but not in all directions).

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Boulder Creek Wilderness (Oregon) 22-Feb-2016

Pine Bench Boulder Creek Wilderness Oregon

As part of our continuing project to hike (even just a little) in all of Oregon’s 47 wilderness areas (less the two that are aquatic), we took a drive north to the Boulder Creek Wilderness on the North Fork of the Umpqua River. It’s one of the few official wilderness areas that’s snow-free in winter. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive for us but we did get to see Mount Thielsen with a full snow cover on our way to the trailhead.

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