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ELEVATION: 5455 ft on Iron Mountain; 5646 ft on Independence ; with vertical gains of 755 ft to the lookout from Independence TH, 1400 ft from Iron Mountain TH; 1500 ft for Independence directly; 2500 ft for both summits.

DISTANCE: 1/2 mi round-trip from Civil Road TH, 31/2 mi round-trip from Iron Mountain TH; 51/2 mi round-trip for Cone Peak from Tombstone Pass TH, 72 mi round-trip loop with both Independence summits (62 mi round-trip loop with only Iron Mountain).

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DURATION: 1-2 hours round-trip from Civil Road, 2-3 hours round-trip from Iron Mountain TH; 3-4 hours round-trip from Tombstone Pass TH; 5-6 hours round-trip loop with both summits.

DIFFICULTY: Mix of strenuous for all routes to Independence Mountain including the loop (switchbacks, steady steep, drop-offs, signed, not long, ups/downs, family-friendly) and very challenging for Cone Peak (very steep, route-finding, bushwhacking, minimal drop-offs).

TRIP REPORT: The wildflower show seems to continue for months, with late June into July being the very best time when more than 300 species bloom over the season, making this unique region the most prolific in Oregon! There are also at least seventeen varieties of trees, the most diversity in one place within the state. And then there’s the hiking! Northwest Forest Pass required at all THs, and there are restrooms or portable outhouses at all THs.

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