View from Wauna Point

View of the Columbia River and Gorge from Wauna Point, with the Bridge of the Gods and the towns of Cascade Locks, OR and Stevens, WA in the center, and Mt. Adams in the distance. img_9472


Newberry Crater

Took a few days trip camping and hiking out to Newberry Crater, aka Newberry Caldera, aka Newberry Volcanic National Monument, aka Newberry National Volcanic Monument, aka Newberry Volcano, which contains Paulina and East Lakes, as well as the “Big Obsidian Flow”, all in lovely central Oregon. Here’s some pics.

Newberry Crater - East Lake

Remnants of central caldera dome, from East Lake, on a sunny afternoon.

Newberry Crater - View of Mt Bachelor and South Sister over Paulina Lake from the Big Obsidian Flow

View of Mt. Bachelor and South Sister just below the clouds, over Paulina Lake, from the Big Obsidian Flow in foreground.


Warm springs on the north shore of Paulina Lake. You can sit in them. Most were rather lukewarm, but a couple were nice and toasty.

Oregon PCT: Timberline to Olallie Lake

I continued south on Oregon PCT from Timberline Lodge down to Olallie Lake this week. Now completed 101 miles.

All water sources on Halfmile’s PCT maps are active and have water. The formerly broken water pump at Frog Lake campsite is working; located between camp sites 4 and 6. There’s a couple water gaps of 8 to 10 miles between Timothy Lake & Lemiti Meadow. Water quality at Lemiti Creek is getting stagnant and murky, but plenty of water. Look for more details at trail conditions update page on PCT site.

I bivied first night at north end of Timothy Lake and the mosquitoes were surprisingly not a serous problem at all. Similarly at Warm Springs River, which has some excellent cold clear water. Weather excellent at night; never needed to get out my tarp.

Afternoon of my second day I met thru-hiker Slingblade on trail who had an encounter with a bear around mile 2047 just north of Jude Lake.

The bear started to leave when it saw him, but then came back and bluff charged Slingblade on the trail. He showed me a picture of it. There was lots of bear scat on trail around there. Huckleberries are ripe everywhere along the trail between Timothy and Olallie Lakes. Berries means bears.

About a dozen hikers were hosted at Olallie Lake by trail angels Daniel & Brenda who are there this week. Wonderful hosts they were, to about a dozen or more hikers, mostly section hikers, mostly going north, but several south. As Daniel is a graduate from St. Johns College, we had some wonderful conversations around the campfire. It’s not often you get to talk classics, Greek literature, and even Kierkegaard on the trail :)

Staff and owners at the Olallie Lake Resort Store were friendly and seemed glad to have hikers around. The store has some nice cold beverages, various camping supplies, and several types of backpacker meals, including a nice selection of Paleo Meals To Go – sweet!

Best of all I got a ride home from there by another hiker and his wife who were staying at a cabin at the resort. He had hiked Oregon on the PCT last year and loved the lake so much, he came back to rent a cabin for a few days. Had great conversation on the ride home to Portland with them both. Trail people are great people.

This is an excellent portion of the trail, but it gets rather sunny and dry as you approach Olallie from the north, with the forest thinning out and turning from mostly Douglas fir to mostly Lodgepole pine. Water management is important here, with gaps of 10 and 8 miles from Timothy Lake south to Lemiti Creek with the lovely Warm Springs River between, resp.

Some pics:

Looking north at Mt Hood from the ridge south of Frog Lake, mile 2082.


Timothy Lake Sunset from the north end of the lake, mile 2075
Timothy Lake sunset from the north end of the lake, mile 2075.


Lemiti Meadow
Lemiti Meadow, mile 2052.


Mt Jefferson from Olallie Lake
Mt Jefferson from Olallie Lake.


Mt Jefferson sunrise from Olallie Lake
Mt Jefferson sunrise from Olallie Lake from my bivy bedroom. Not a bad way to wake up.


Oregon PCT: Cascade Locks to Timberline

Did first part of my PCT hike from Cascade Locks to Timberline Lodge. Stayed overnights at Wahtum Lake, near Lolo Pass, and above Little Zigzag Canyon, ambling into Timberline Lodge early morning the fourth day for their breakfast buffet :)

Here’s some pics.

Day one was cloudy and misty, threatening to rain. Hiking across Benson plateau was literally walking in the clouds. Evening arrival at Wahtum Lake brought the first sun breaks all day.


Sun breaks continue early day two and finally a view of Mt Hood peaking out from the clouds.


Lost Lake peaking through the trees.


Over the hills and far away. Day three ascending from Ramona Falls up to Timberline, looking west.


Mt Hood from the south side, looking at Paradise Branch Falls from Zigzag Glacier that soon join the main Sandy River.


Sunset reflecting off Mt Hood, from east side of Zigzag Canyon.


Sunset reflecting off Mt Hood, from east side of Zigzag Canyon. Hiked until after sunset today.


Gear on morning four. Bivied out for night three on east side above Little Zigzag Canyon.


Obligatory, yet elusive selfie, with trusty Tilley hat.


PCT Barlow Pass to Timberline

Hiked the PCT rom Barlow Pass Trailhead up to Timberline Lodge, and back, then down to Frog Lake and back this weekend.

Trail is clear, no significant snow, just some spots to cross over just east of Timberline at about 6,000ft.

Heard report from other hikers that there is still some postholable snow between the Lodge and Zigzag, but given this ridiculous record heat wave, don’t expect that to continue.

Mt Hood from PCT near Timberline, June 04, 2016
The Money Shot: Mt Hood from PCT near junction with Timberline Trail east, June 04, 2016


Tanner Butte & Dublin Lake

Dublin Lake

Lunch stop at lovely Dublin Lake, on weekend trip up through Tanner Butte. Got here early, well before noon, and had the place all to myself for a nice long lunch.

Saw salamander in the lake, too. And a deer and two fawn paced me for over a mile on the trail on the way up, staying about 50 yards ahead of me.

A few people arrived later on, on way through the loop to Eagle Creek. I pushed on to avoid the latecomers, over the other side of the butte. It was a quiet night though. Turned around and came back the same way to avoid fighting the weekend crowds swarming up the Eagle Creek side.