Timothy Lake Loop Hike


First day of summer with sunshine at a trailhead in the early morning – – – what a great way to start the day.

I was standing 15 miles south of Mt. Hood in  a large sub-alpine meadow near the Little Crater Campground.

In a short distance I reached Little Crater Lake, 100 feet wide, 45 feet deep and crystal blue to its very bottom where an artesian spring feeds the lake.

Another one-quarter mile led to an intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail. Turning south, I began the 12-mile loop hike around picturesque Timothy Lake.

The magnificent view of Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake has been the source of a multitude of magazine covers over the years.

I thought to myself – – – Is there any prettier place in the world than the Pacific Northwest on a summer day?

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake (is there a prettier place to fish?)

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake

Camas Lily

Camas Lily

Deep-blue Little Crater Lake

Reflections in deep-blue Little Crater Lake

Bog Orchid

Bog Orchid

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake

Gentian

Gentian

Butterfly

Butterfly

Lupine lining the trail

Lupine lining the trail

Cat's-ear Lily

Cat’s-ear Lily

Wild Rhododendron

Wild Rhododendron

Beargrass

Beargrass

 

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