A Wonderful Spring Hike Around Timothy Lake


A beautiful sunrise on a Saturday morning. Time to do some hiking.

I began 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 and has adorned numerous magazine covers.

Conditions have to be just right to capture a “good” photo of Mt. Hood reflected in the lake. I was lucky on all three counts. The early morning sky was blue, the mountain was covered with fresh snow and there was nary a ripple on the water. Even a slight breeze will remove the reflection from the lake.

The only downside was the number of blowdowns over the trail, especially near Mediation Point. I had to scramble around quite a few of them. But, that’s to be expected after the winter storms have left their damage.

Life continues to be good.

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Reflections in Little Crater Lake

Early morning reflections in Little Crater Lake

Green Comma Butterfly

Green Comma Butterfly

Fishermen chasing the wily trout

Fishermen chasing the wily trout

Even a slight breeze distorts the reflection

Even a slight breeze distorts the reflection

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

The large meadow at the trailhead

The large meadow at the trailhead

Windflower

Windflower

The summit of Mt. Hood

The summit of Mt. Hood

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Perfect conditions, indeed! Another wonderful series of photos, John!

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  2. Breathtaking photos, John. The perfect conditions and your tremendous skills made those water reflections astounding. I love the first photo, and the Little Crater lake as well; and appreciated seeing the rippled water in comparison. Wildlife, fishermen, trees, all lovely.

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