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Late October, 32 degrees, sunbreaks and a promise of rain later in the day. 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.
Soon I was on the twelve-mile loop hike around Timothy Lake. Along the way, gray jays were keeping me entertained, water ouzels were doing their dips, a bull elk was bugling and a group of bald eagles were searching for fish.
The magnificent view of Mt. Hood over Timothy Lake has been the source of a multitude of magazine covers over the years. But, not this day – – – too many clouds.
At the ten-mile mark, I took a side detour to Mediation Point on the north side of the Lake.
A very pleasant way to spend five hours in the beautiful outdoors.