A Beautiful Hike Around Timothy Lake


A colorful sunrise on a summer morning. Time to do some hiking.

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 south, I began a 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.

Fresh deer tracks were on the trail, but all were bedded down for the day by the time I arrived.

Most of the campsites were full and fishermen were on the Lake chasing the wily trout.

Life continues to be good.

Reflections in Little Crater Lake

Reflections in Little Crater Lake

Killdeer

Killdeer

Mt. Hood behind Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood behind Timothy Lake

Gentian

Gentian

Lodgepole Pine slowly taking over the large subalpine meadow

Lodgepole Pines are slowly taking over the large sub-alpine meadows

Baby Killdeer

Baby Killdeer (isn’t it cute?)

Wild Raspberries

Wild Raspberries

Extremely clear Little Crater Lake

Extremely clear Little Crater Lake

Fisherman on Timothy Lake

Fisherman on Timothy Lake

Earth-filled Dam on Timothy Lake

Earth-filled Dam on Timothy Lake

Southern face of Mt. Hood

Southern face of Mt. Hood

An upscale trailhead

A civilized trailhead parking area

Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Exquisite photos, as always, John. Thanks for taking us along on this gorgeous hike. It’s great to see gentian, crystal clear waters, Mount Hood, and the killdeer.

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  2. It is astonishing how dry Hood is..!

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