Mid-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?