Tipsoo Peak - July 19, 2014
Coordinator John Malone, narration by Lois Soulia and pictures by Bill Riley and Richard O'Neill
It was the middle of a heat wave in Roseburg and the cooler temperatures of the mountains close to Mount Thielsen and Diamond Lake called to the 20 hikers, who turned out for the Tipsoo Peak Hike. At about 75 miles east of Roseburg, the convoy turned off of Highway 138 onto Cinnamon Butte Road and followed the dusty road to the Tipsoo Peak trailhead. On arrival, the hikers piled out of the dust covered cars, used the “bush toilet facilities” and headed out on the trail, through the cool forest.
There were over four snow banks left from winters less than plentiful snow pack, and the largest one, which was close the peak, was big enough to wade through but no one seemed to mind. A few snowballs wafted through the air just for the novelty on a hot summer day.
At the top of the Peak, the panoramic rewards were wonderful with views of Mount Thielsen, Diamond Peak, Cowhorn Mountain, Maidu, Miller and Lucille Lakes. The Sisters were shrouded in a haze from forest fires burning in that region. Some hikers visited the secondary peak next to Tipsoo while others were just willing to munch lunch and enjoy the vistas before heading back to the cars.
It was almost with regret the group started back to Roseburg and the hot summer temperatures awaiting them.
John Malone did a great job coordinating the hike.
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club