July 29: Timothy Lake to Timberline Lodge (PCT mile 2076.4 to 2097.4)

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!

3 thoughts on “July 29: Timothy Lake to Timberline Lodge (PCT mile 2076.4 to 2097.4)”

  1. Those “decaying mushrooms” are not fungi. They are saprophytes, plants that have no chlorophyll but draw their energy from decaying organic matter in the soil.

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  2. Dale,
    I’m all caught up on your blogs and boy! are my legs tired! Am so enjoying hiking vicariously with you.
    Question: What hiking footgear do you wear? and How do you handle stream crossings? Do you take off your shoes or just wade in? (Assuming some crossings require you to get wet.)

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    1. Hi Dan, thanks for following me. I’ve done all my hikes with Merrell Moab Ventilators. At stream crossings I just wade in and get wet. Socks and shoes dry quickly. On the JMT I carried lightweight running shoes for stream and camp use, but now they weigh too much 🙂

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