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.


DIY Trail Angel

TrailAngel-2015-12-19-1335A tradition at Lacamas Park in Camas, Washington, is decorating the Christmas tree along the main access path east of the lake.

The tree is not doing so well now as you can see from its brown needles. This may be its last year, alas, but a new tree has already been planted nearby to carry on.

A DIY “trail angel” made from a plastic bottle and some ingenuity.