Black Crater

August 17, 1986

Eleven enthusiastic hikers, undeterred by two weeks of hot, lethargy-producing weather, the rigors of summer camp (three survivors), or fatigue from high Sierra trekking, started up the Black Crater Trail on a warm end hazy day. From the trailhead (four miles east of the McKenzie Pass), the trail climbs steadily up through a breezeless forest, occasionally rewarding the panting plodder with restricted views of Washington, Jack and Jefferson. Above timberline, however, the vista opens up to include all of central Oregon, and the summit produces the well-deserved spectacle of Broken Top, the Sisters, and all the high peaks north to Mt. Hood. For those willing to venture to the crater’s edge, a look straight down revealed one remaining patch of snow, resembling a “mound of whipped cream” to one intrepid viewer.

Black Crater hikers were Hal Busby, Helen Lynch, Audrey Malloy, Lindsay Pierce, Virginia Prouty, Fred Schepman, Ruth Simon, Suzanne Steussy, Art Wild, Toni Williams, and leader Karen Seidel.

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