Yapoah Crater

July 10, 1977

Under sunny skies we proceeded up the older lower trail east of the large recent lava flow to North Matthieu Lake where a refreshing rest was had by all. Heather was in bloom and the mosquitoes were only a slight nuisance. From here we hiked to the higher South Matthieu Lake and Scott Pass where the first unobstructed views to the east were possible. South Matthieu Lake was beautiful with North and Middle Sisters, and Yapoah Crater as a backdrop. We passed the Scott trail to the east and entered more open country. Pink penstemon was observed growing out of niches in the fresh lava. A level stretch through rocks and small trees brought us to the base of Yapoah Crater which loomed above with an exposed patch of snow. At the Willamette-Deschutes National Forest divide, five of us ascended the crater on an old steep animal trail and ate lunch on top. We enjoyed some wind, magnificent views from Mt. Adams to Middle Sister, and several bees pollinating the sparse flowers growing amid the pieces of lava on this recent cinder cone. Time to depart arrived all too soon. We returned to Scott Pass and then took the new higher Pacific Crest Trail, which affords fine views and misses North Matthieu Lake. It rejoins the old trail approximately one mile south of the trailhead. Enjoying this gorgeous day were Barbara Durchanek, Bill Ray, Larry Pagter, Karen Seidel, Mary Ellen West and leader Ralph Nafziger.


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