Belknap Crater

September 17, 2000

We started north up the PCNST from the McKenzie Pass Hwy. About 10:00 a.m. on a clear, comfortable September day. The first half-mile of trail was in trees, but it soon entered the Little Belknap lava field. After another 2½ miles through the open lava we passed by Little Belknap and shortly thereafter left the Crest Trail and cross-countried to the base of Belknap Crater’s cinder cone.There we started our steep ascent through scree toward the crater rim. Before long we arrived for lunch on top. Almost the entire trip provided great views of the Sisters, Mt. Washington and the surrounding area, with the view from the top being the most spectacular. After a long, leisurely lunch we did a quick descent down the scree and hiked to Little Belknap, where we explored the lava tube. A quick, three-mile hike back to the trailhead finished a great day for Dick Hildreth, Royal Murdock, Max Brown, Mel Zavodsky, Melody Clarkson, and Janet & John Jacobsen (leader).

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