A Breezy Spring Day Hiking around Timothy Lake

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Timothy Lake

A sunny but breezy day. 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 only two out of three requirements. The early morning sky was blue, the mountain was covered with fresh snow, but the wind was causing a ripple on the water. Even a slight breeze will remove the reflection from the lake.

Still, it makes for a nice five-hour hike. I enjoyed it immensely.

Little Crater Lake

The family

Shooting Stars

Mt. Hood behind Timothy Lake

Marsh Marigold


A classic PCT signpost

Staying close to mom


Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood reflected in Timothy Lake (from a previous year’s hike when there was little wind blowing)







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  1. What a gorgeous hike! My morning is now complete 🙂


  2. Stupendous, John, thanks so much for taking us along. “The family” photo gave me a smile; the wildflowers, Mt. Hood, Timothy Lake and your words were a true joy.


  3. Love that I’ve seen that view of Mt. Hood in person. I appreciate you bringing that lovely memory back. It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year. Time passes too quickly. Thanks for allowing us to stop and “smell the Kinnikinnick” vicariously through you.


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