Beautiful Autumn Hike


First weekend of October with not a cloud in the sky.

Before leaving home the raucous honking of a skein of geese flying south could plainly be heard.

In a couple of hours I was at the edge of a large sub-alpine meadow south of Mt. Hood.

My first destination was 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 north, I began a counter-clockwise 12-mile loop hike around picturesque Timothy Lake.

The magnificent view of Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake has been one of the iconic scenes of the Pacific Northwest for many a year.

The scarlet leaves of vine maple trees highlighted the views along the trail bringing smiles to my face. Life continues to be good.

Vine Maple leaves

Vine Maple leaves

Sun-dappled trail

Sun-dappled trail

Reflections in the crystal-blue water of Little Crater Lake

Reflections in the crystal-blue water of Little Crater Lake

Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake

Band-tailed Pigeons silhouetted in the early-morning light

Band-tailed Pigeons silhouetted in the early-morning light

Canadian Dogwood leaf

Canadian Dogwood leaves

Sunshine highlighting the scarlet leavers of Vine Maples

Sunshine highlighting the scarlet leaves of Vine Maples

Huckleberry leaves reflected in Little Crater Lake

Huckleberry leaves reflected in Little Crater Lake

Remains of a Crawdad (Timothy Lake has many Crawdads))

Remains of a Crawdad (Timothy Lake has many Crawdads)

Vine Maple leaves providing color to the shore of Timothy Lake

Vine Maple leaves providing color to the shore of Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Great hike – Debbie and I did it earlier this summer. I don’t know what day that you took the pictures – Sat or Sun, on Sunday Debbie and I were out kayaking on Timothy Lake for about 3 hours. It was a beautiful afternoon, the lake was very tranquil and there was very few people there.

    Tom Sidley

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    • I also did the hike earlier this year on a hot summer weekend day.
      It’s a much nicer hike in the fall when the leaves are turning color. In a couple of more weeks the tamarack needles will be turning golden too.

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  2. Hi John,
    Once again your pictures warm my heart. Me going to Portland on November 1st is looking less likely I that Pat is having health problems plus a bad back with surgery sometime in early November. I’ll keep you informed.
    Thanks & God Bless

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