Todays objective is to ascend to the base of Mt Hood and camp near Timberline Lodge. But first, I got to visit Little Crater Lake
This was not a volcano, like the real Crater Lake- instead it is a spring that eroded into a deep pool o very clear water.
Rounding a bend in the trail I got a good view of where I’m headed– Mt Hood
It seems so far away, I cannot believe I’ll get there tonight.
Sights along the way include some interesting looking decaying mushrooms
And another, more complete Paper Wasp nest
The trail crosses multiple ravines caused by melting snow coming off Mt Hood
After a fair bit of climbing I could see Timberline Lodge
I had heard about hiker amenities they offer
And here’s me with Mt Hood in the background
Timberline Lodge was built by Roosevelt’s WPA program and is a stunning place to visit.
It has a lot of history too – many movies were filmed here, including this one
Also with noting – for those of us who organized our high school notes with Pee-Chee folders: do you remember the lady in the ski lift chair on the back?
Yep, Mt Hood! I want to come back here and spend more time.
I picked up a food resupply package Liz mailed here, and also a new pair of shoes. Goodbye old worn out shoes
And hello new shoes!
I had pizza and beer for dinner at the Blue Ox, then hiked up to the trail and found a campsite in the trees. It was a windy night, but I slept great!
Thanks for reading!