What a perfect day for the strenuous, but rewarding hike up Black Crater. We had an interesting conversation about global warming during the long drive up Highway 242. Once we started hiking up the trail, we decided that there’s an additional phenomenon underway: Global Steepening. As evidence, we certify that this trail, like many others, has become significantly steeper over the past 10 years! But our hikers were strong, so we climbed on up—and when we reached the summit, the spectacular view made it all worth it. We lingered over lunch, savoring not only PB& J, but also views of Mounts Hood, Jefferson, Three-Fingered Jack, Washington, the Three Sisters, and Broken Top, as well as a smidgeon of Mount Adams. The hike down went quickly, and we headed for home, stopping along the way to explore a secret spring that Tom showed us. It just doesn’t get any better than this hike on a clear summer day.Members: Sue Wolling, Holger Krentz, Tom Giesen, Lana Lindstrom. Nonmembers: Sheila Guilder.
a long way up—photo by Holger Krentz
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