Belnap Crater

August 11, 2002

The weather forecast for hot temperatures did not seem like a good omen for a hike over the lava beds and up the scree to Belknap Crater. We left Eugene at 7:00 a.m. so that we could be on top of the crater by before noon and possibly beat the heat. Instead of hiking the usual route up the southeast side in the scree, we hiked around to the northeast side and approached the top from the north. It made for a more interesting hike. The views of Mt. Washington and the Sisters were grand. A stop at Little Belnap Crater offered views of Mt. Jefferson. We also checked out the lava tubes. There was a slight breeze which we appreciated as we hiked over the lava back to the cars, although the extreme temperatures predicted never really materialized. Janet had refreshing cups of ice water for everyone at the end of the trip. This is such an interesting hike but for some reason, no one ever signs for a second time (I wonder why). Hikers were Jim & Sharon Duncan, Fred Felter, Janet Jacobsen, Michelle Kimble, Chris Stockdale, and John Jacobsen (leader).


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