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Middle Wizard Way (Trail #9) and Mt. Hood. Photo by Josey Rice.
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Featured Hiking Trail of the Week - Lower and Middle Wizard Way
Rock cairn along Middle Wizard Way. Photo by Josey Rice.
This week, we're highlighting our high-elevation trails, Lower and Middle Wizard Way (Trail #8 and #9). With the Wy'east Howl race occurring on many of our other trails in our permit area on Friday and Saturday (July 31 and August 1), Lower and Middle Wizard Way are great options if you're looking for a quieter hike with less foot traffic.
While we pride ourselves in providing a good number of family-friendly and accessible hikes at Mt. Hood Meadows, Lower and Middle Wizard Way are trails that are not designed for beginner hikers, as they see significant elevation gain and have loose volcanic rock and ash in some parts. Both are rated "Most Difficult." We recommend if you decide to explore these trails, that you wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks (which is good advice no matter what kind of trail you're hiking).
White bark pine and Mt. Hood along Middle Wizard Way. Photo by Josey Rice.
Lower Wizard Way is 1 mile in length and Middle Wizard Way is 1.1-miles in length -- both one-way (if you were to combine these hikes into one out-and-back hike, the total length of your hike would be 4.2 miles). Lower Wizard Way starts just north of the top of the Stadium lift after a short walk north up a gravel utility road. The hike crosses the Timberline Trail and then continues up through the permit area before ending at the Patrol Headquarters hut near the top of the Mt. Hood Express Lift (the last little stretch is on a gravel utility road that leads to the hut).
Middle Wizard Way begins just down and to the right of the Patrol Headquarters hut and heads up above the treeline before terminating near the A-Zone gate along the Heather Canyon ridge line not far from the top of Cascade. The trail is marked by rock cairns, pink tape, and flags depending on the area. We advise paying close attention as you hike this trail, as you may need to look a little bit ahead to see where the next trail marker is.
In addition to being treated to a wonderful show of wildflowers (more on those below), you'll get a great payoff for your efforts, enjoying sweeping views of the Columbia River and The Dalles from the top of the trail.
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Wildflowers of the Week - Penstemon (Penstemon spp.) and Sulphur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)
Penstemon bloom under Mt. Hood Express along Lower Wizard Way (Trail #8). Photo taken by Josey Rice.
There are so many wildflowers popping in our permit area right now, we couldn't just pick one for the Wildflower of the Week, so we're picking two!
First up is penstemon, also known as beardtongues, a genus of approximately 250 wildflowers. Penstemon are fairly easily recognized by their trumpet/tube-shaped flowers. They come in a variety of colors, but are often purple, pink or blue in hue. They are widespread across North America, but some species you may come across in the Mt. Hood Meadows permit area could include Davidson's penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii) and Tall alpine beardtongue (Penstemon procerus).
Next up is Sulphur buckwheat, also known as Sulphurflower buckwheat or Sulphur flower. These shrub-like plants sport bright yellow flowers and can be found at high elevations throughout the Pacific Northwest. However, the plant has a number of variations and can be challenging to identify. Presumably, it's name derives from its resemblance to the color of the mineral sulfur, which is also bright yellow.
Sulphur buckwheat blooms along Middle Wizard Way (top of Cascade visible in the background). Photo by Josey Rice.
In addition to the Wy'east Howl race that's happening this weekend, we'll have live music from The Green Room on Saturday, July 31. Hailing from Portland, OR, this dub rock band will be playing on the Paradise Sun Deck from 2-5 PM.
This Sunday, August 1, will mark the first event in our Mushroom Hunt Series, which will happen every Sunday morning in August. Join Meadows team member and mushroom expert Jason Roberts on a guided hike to learn about identifying and locating mushrooms that grow in the Mt. Hood Meadows permit area (please note that this hike is for informational purposes and is not for foraging). Only 20 spots are available per hike, so we recommend signing up soon!
We'll also have yard games, scenic chair rides, and geocaching, and our gift shop will be open too. Don't forget: we also have RV parking available, so make a weekend of it!
No resort has more night life than Mt. Hood Meadows. Wait until you see what goes on here after dark! Coming soon!
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