Belknap Crater

August 1, 1981

Began trip in bright sunshine at Skyline Trail trailhead at McKenzie Pass. Started travel, about 10:30 am. Along the way we were treated to an abundant show of small wildflowers which were very expertly identified for us by Ken and Robin Lodewick. Close to noon we came to Little Belknap Crater, where we took a side trip to see its several lava tubes, spatter cones and dome. Ate lunch about noon in the trees just after crossing the lava. After lunch we proceeded up the northeast side of Belknap Crater, passing two of its craters plus a couple other vents along the way. On top we were greeted by a group of Mazamas eating lunch, and by a brisk wind. After a short look around, we plunged over the side for a quicktrip down the cinders. Our trip back across the lava went quickly, everyone apparently thinking about pie, milkshakes, etc.—for which we made a quick stop in Blue River. Weather was just right for the trip. Cinder crunchers were Dot Leland, Ken and Robin Lodewick, Eleanor Wilkerson, Julia Natvig, and leader Doug Appel.

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