Way back at the beginning of October 2012, just a couple of weeks after my six-day adventure to Lake Chelan,
I made one last Autumn outing before Oregon's nine-month rainy season set it. My destination was the Santiam Pass
area at the top of Oregon's Cascades
— generally unaccessible from November (or even October) through June due to snow.
In the morning I hiked the six-mile Patjens Lakes Trail,
which, unsurprisingly, take you past the set of four small Patjens Lakes. In the afternoon, I drove just a few miles to Hogg Rock
— a tuya
formation which is fairly flat on top, oval shaped, about 800 by 500 yards across, with very steep, practically vertical sides.
There are no established, marked trails to the top of Hogg Rock — I simply started climbing. It was kind of eerie to be up there all alone, with a 200-foot drop straight down all around. But it was well worth the effort! Out of the 50 photos I took on that hike, 13 of them have made it into this album.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this album, see the related article, Going Whole Hogg.