A Pretty Autumn Hike around Timothy Lake


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Timothy Lake

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.

Little Crater Lake

Gray Jay on my Jeep

The autumn golden needles of Tamaracks reflected in Timothy Lake

Silhouette of a Bald Eagle

Hint of a rainbow over Timothy Lake

Mt. Hood in morning from Government Camp

Crystal clear Little Crater Lake

Silhouette of a Water Ouzel

Timothy Lake

Timothy Lake

Meadow near trailhead

 

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