Mt. Scott

September 10, 2006

Perched on the Rim of Crater Lake, Mount Scott is the highest point in the Park at 8926 feet. It is a long drive for a short hike (and the $10 entrance fee), so future trips should plan to explore other mind-boggling features of this wonderland.

The weather was fine and the trail head was packed with cars, so I was not alone. The trail is 2.5 miles and UP 1326 feet through an ancient forest of white bark pines, mountain hemlocks, and a few true firs. The trail is similar to Pisgah in grade, width and condition. . . a VERY pleasant hike at high elevation. It took me 70 minutes to the top. . . with numerous photo stops. Crater Lake was not the “normal” BLUE due to a controlled forest fire in the Park, so it was merely spectacular.

Although not part of the Obsidians outing, the next day I hiked down to Crater Lake (625 feet), took the boat tour ($30 for a different perspective), and hiked to the top of Wizard Island (670 feet)… another spiritual experience. —Jim Pierce.

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