Black Crater

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Leader: Doug Nelson
Hike: 7.2 miles, 2500 ft (Moderate)

Simply driving to the trailhead for this hike is a treat to be savored. I never tire of the scenic McKenzie Pass highway. And it turned out to be a wonderful day for a high country hike.

Nine members and three guests got together to enjoy the hike up Black Crater. I was a bit concerned that there might still be significant amounts of snow on the trail leading to the 7200 ft. summit. But conferring with the group indicated that they were ready to give it a try; and I'm glad we did. The remnant patches of snow were just enough to help cool the hike, wildflowers were blooming nicely and the summit gave us clear skies, cool breezes and a stunning vista of the Central Cascades from Hood to Broken Top.

Thanks to everyone who joined me for this most enjoyable hike!

Members: Doug Nelson, Paul Flashenberg, Art Kearney, Jennifer Baer, Ernst Schwintzer, Joe Sanders, Laurie Funkhouser, Rich Romm, Janet Hall. Nonmembers: Cat Nelson, Lisa Berenschot, Norma Bengiat.

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