July 19, 2003
Grizzly Peak rises to 5799 feet a few miles west of Mount Jefferson,
above Pamelia Lake.
The trail to the lake shore follows a rushing creek through old growth
forest and gradually climbs 800 feet to the lake in just over two miles.
The lake was formed thousands of years ago when landslides from the steep
slopes of Grizzly Peak dammed Pamelia Creek and flooded a high valley.
From the shore of Pamelia Lake there is a well-graded path that switchbacks
1900 feet in three miles to the former lookout site on the summit of Grizzly Peak.
There is a small, mossy waterfall, shortly up from the lake shore, as the
trail climbs from Douglas and Cedar forest to a higher alpine type of forest
of noble fir and mountain hemlock mixed with flowering bear grass meadows.
The summit view was spectacular, of course.
The summits from Mount Hood to Broken Top and the Sisters Group were
shining under a cloudless sky.
Mount Jefferson’s snow fields and glaciers filled the sky to the east,
seemingly rising from the shores of Pamelia lake, 1900 feet below us.
After a lunch on the summit, we made the quick descent to back to the
lake, where some of the group enjoyed a quick dip in the chilly water.
Hikers were guests
and Obsidian Hikers were