Bucket List of Alpine Hikes in the Pacific Northwest #11: Junction Lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness


Another gorgeous sunny day in Central Oregon. To celebrate I decided to return to Carl Lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

The hike begins in an area that was caught in a forest fire in 2003. The dense snowbrush, manzinita and lodgepole pine had already grown above my head since the fire.

After leaving the wildfire area, the Trail passed Cabot Lake and three other small lakes on the way to Carl Lake, an alpine gem. The red cinders on North Cinder Peak sparkled in the midday sunlight.

After exploring the glacier-polished rock on the rim of Carl Lake, I decided to hike another two miles to Junction Lake which lies under the summit of North Cinder Peak. The little tarn sits on the headwall of Cabot Creek. From there I could see the parking area at the trailhead far in the distance, the entire drainage of Cabot Creek and Green Ridge.

On the return hike I stopped for awhile at Carl Lake and marveled at the beauty of the the deep alpine lake.

What a scenic and fun hike – – – one of the best!

Looking down at Carl Lake

Looking down at Carl Lake

Mule Deer Doe

Mule Deer Doe

Lava bed along Cabot Creek

Lava bed along Cabot Creek

Cabot Lake

Cabot Lake

Huckleberries turning their autumn colors

Huckleberries turning their autumn colors

Mule Deer Doe sneaking away

Mule Deer Doe sneaking away

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

Tarn along the trail

Small pond along the trail

Carl Lake

Carl Lake

Mt. Jefferson

Mt. Jefferson

Unnamed lake along the trail

Unnamed lake along the trail

Lower trail

Lower trail

North Cinder Peak

North Cinder Peak

 

 

 

 

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1 comment

  1. Makes me want to return again up there. Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

    Tom Sidley

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