Belknap Crater

August 21, 1999

We started north up the PCNST from the McKenzie Hwy. on a clear, comfortable August morning. The first half-mile of trail was in trees, but it soon entered the Little Belknap lava field. Nice breezes cooled us as we crossed about two miles through the open lava. Shortly after passing by Little Belknap, we left the Crest Trail and cross-countried to the base of Belknap Crater’s cinder cone, where we started our steep ascent through scree toward the crater rim. Before long we arrived on top for lunch. Almost the entire trip provided great views of the Sisters, Mt. Washington and surrounding area, with the view from the top being the most spectacular. After a long, leisurely lunch we did a quick descent through the scree and hiked to Little Belknap, where some took a walk through a short lava tube. The 2½-mile hike back to the trailhead finished a great day for Sandra Larsen, Bob Huntley, Benette Rauch, Michelle Tambellini, Maggie Gontrum, Richard Heinzkill, Dick Hildreth, Yuan Hopkins, Anne Harthheimer and Janet & John Jacobsen (trip leader).

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