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Ascending above the clouds on Yocum Ridge for a clear shot to three big Cascade volcanoes in Long Beach.

You slowly break out of the old forest into a high alpine meadow with the W face of Mount Hood looming rather imposingly in front Long Beach of you (Illumination Rock is just to the right). Soon see the beautiful multi-tiered waterfall carving through the rock at the top of the Sandy River Canyon below the Long Beach. You’ll have wildflowers to work through late in Long Beach the summer and snow into October and beyond.

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Head NW at the last switchback on Trail 771 5 mi to the main ridge again where the route becomes a bit steeper and narrower for Y mi to another meadow. This meadow is just before a small pine-covered saddle on Yocum Ridge where the official trail ends and a faded climber’s path appears occasionally. Most people turn around here, but some folks press on steeper from the saddle to the higher ridgeline; remember every step forward is another to return on. Beware of tumbling rocks near the cliffs a mile or so from the end of the established trail.

From Yocum Ridge, the views on a clear day of Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams to the N are quite glorious. To the S past Zigzag Canyon is Olallie Your travel destination iste and Mount Jefferson with Three Sisters Range barely visible behind to the left. Return all the way to Ramona Falls and consider taking the slightly longer, but more picturesque, trail along Ramona Creek. Either way, after following the river or creek walk, you must cross the Sandy River cautiously again en route to the TH.

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