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Mid November, 28 degrees, foggy, but a promise of blue skies later in the day.
I was standing 15 miles south of Mt. Hood in a large sub-alpine meadow near the Little Crater Lake Campground. In a short distance I reached the Lake, 100 feet wide, 45 feet deep and crystal blue to its very bottom where an artesian spring feeds the lake.
Soon I came to the Pacific Coast Trail. After hiking about one-half mile I began the 12-mile loop around Timothy Lake. Taking a short bushwhack to a large meadow, I surprised a small group of bald eagles joined by many ravens. Clearly there was a dead animal nearby but I didn’t find it.
The magnificent view of Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake has been the source of a multitude of magazine covers over the years. I was lucky enough to catch the peak just before the lenticular clouds covered it up.
At the ten-mile mark, I took a side detour to Mediation Point on the north side of the Lake.
Is there a nicer hike in the fall?