Craig Lake

August 14, 1988

The way to Craig Lake in August is always dusty, especially the stretch on the old Skyline Trail after leaving the Pacific Crest Trail off the Santiam Pass. What makes up for the dust is the fun of going cross country searching for the unmapped route that climbs up the butte where the very beautiful lake is revealed. The view of Jack this trip included numerous climbers near the summit of that mountain. We could be sure they must be hotter and dustier than we. The swimming in Craig Lake is excellent: not too cold and plenty of deep, clear water. Three of our five hikers did swim after lunch. Before returning to the trailhead our group scrambled up a nearby butte in search of a possible route to Berley Lakes. We learned more lessons about contour lines and decided to retreat and see Berley Lakes another day. Going out seeped such longer although the entire hike from in to out lasted from about 10:30 in the morning until 4 p.m. Our party seemed very congenial and included Carol Kompanik, John Mowat, Dave Predeek, Robin Prentice, and leader Emmy Dale. Actually, Mowat was responsible for our extra excursion and also was driver of the car which brought us home to Eugene in good time.


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