Belknap Crater

September 20, 2007

We started north on the PCT from the McKenzie Pass Highway about 10:15 a.m. on a beautiful, partly cloudy, cool, September day. The first half-mile of trail was in trees, but we soon entered the Little Belknap lava field. After another 2.5 miles through the open lava, we passed by Little Belknap and shortly thereafter we left the PCT and cross-countried to the base of Belknap Crater’s cinder cone. This year we did a loop route around to the north face of Belknap Crater, up through scree, then along a lava trough, and finally more scree to the crater rim. Almost the entire trip provided great views of the Sisters, Mt. Washington and surrounding area, with the view from the top being the most spectacular. There was a cold wind on top, so after a relatively quick lunch, we did a fast descent down the southeast scree slope. We hiked to Little Belknap where we explored the lava tubes and the sources of all that lava. A three mile hike back to the trail head completed a great fall day.

Hikers were members: Brad Bennett, John Jacobsen (leader), Barb Revere and Rich Romm; and nonmembers: Sabine Dutoit, Lynne Moody, Shawn Phelps and Steve Stifel.


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