Crater Lake Hikes

September 8-9, 2006

After a silent night at Diamond Lake Campground, Nola Nelson, Jane Hackett and I started our hike up Mt. Scott (5 miles, 1030 ft.) around 10:00. Smoke prevented us from seeing any of the major mountain peaks. We felt a bit out of place in our usual Obsidian hiking clothes when we met women wearing strapless tank tops. Next stop was the Pinnacles at the end of a dead end road in the park. We walked along the ridge looking down at such odd formations. We were so surprised to stumble on the East Gate to Crater Lake that was closed in 1930. At Rim Village, the Visitorís Center is under construction so all the tourists seemed to be at the Crater Lake Lodge trying to make reservations for dinner. The only time available was 9:30. We started up the trail to Garfield Peak (three miles, 970 ft. elevation) and were pleasantly surprised with our views of Crater Lake. We still were unable to see any major peaks. Again we noted that our attire was a bit out of place with so many hikers wearing white pants and spiffy sandals. Back on the verandah at the lodge, we found empty chairs and two tables. A waiter appeared and assured us that we could order appetizers and soup. It was breathtaking to sit in the comfortable chairs, visit with out of state guests, and watch Mt. Scott and Garfield Peak glow in the sunset while we drank Mt. Scott Margaritas and dined on French onion soup and roasted artichokes. On the way back to Diamond Lake, we noted around 30 fire vehicles controlling the wildland fire in the Bybee Creek area.

Saturday, we drove back to Crater Lake and walked up to the Watchman (1.6m., 413 ft.) where we had a good view of the Bybee fire. It was time to head back to Eugene. Somehow Janeís car turned into the parking lot at Steamboat Inn on the Umpqua River for lunch. The hiking was out of the ordinary. It was a superb trip.

Members: Jane Hackett, Janet Jacobsen (leader) and Nola Nelson.

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