Green Lakes via Fall Creek

September 13, 2009

Planning for a long day, we left SEHS early in the morning. An unexpected lightning storm the evening before had us a little concerned. Driving along the Cascade Lakes Highway, we watched the sky, which had turned gray with a slight drizzle. But as luck would have it, by the time we hit the trailhead, brilliant blue skies had broken through and we hiked most of the day with clear blue skies and pillowy white clouds. The slight rainy spell we had while hiking back was brief and quickly turned back to sunny blue — so typical for our beloved Oregon Cascades. We hiked the Fall Creek trail, admiring the lovely waterfalls and wonderful lava and obsidian rock along the way.

When we reach the junction for the lake loop trail, Dick led a small group ahead and scouted out a lunch spot on the largest of the Green Lakes. From our lunch spot we had incredible, up-close views of Broken Top and South Sister. It was a fabulous day thanks to the great crew of hikers; Margaret Bayless, Brad Bennett, Margaret Essenberg, Richard Essenberg, Kitsen Graham, Peter Grahman, Dick Hildreth, leader Daphne James, Nola Nelson, Judy Ness, and Dralyn Van Ness. Special thanks to Judy for her help with sweeping and band-aiding. For great pictures go to

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