Our trail continued on day 5 along the rim of Crater Lake. Our progress was slow as we kept stopping, taking photos and saying the word, "wow" in as many different ways as possible. It was an incredible morning, but all too soon, we were hiking north away from the lake and towards the wilds of Central Oregon.
We met back up with Susanna, Jasper and Rori just past highway 138 for some food and a much needed resupply of water. In late afternoon, we continued on in to Mt. Thielsen Wilderness.
Over the next four days, we hiked north another 78 miles past more mountains than we could count. In between the mountains were glorious lakes, some so small we could throw a rock over, some so large that we could only faintly see what was along the far shore.
Finally, with rain threatening, we climbed up to a rocky overlook of Odell Lake. Our final destination (Willamette Pass) was less than a mile away. Suddenly, a bald eagle flew by...perfect end to such an incredible trip!
|"The Watchman" (elevation 8,013 feet), the high point along the rim of Crater Lake|
|Taking in the view above Crater Lake|
|The trail north of Crater Lake...Mt. Thielsen off in the distance|
|A classic old PCT trail symbol on a huge, old tree|
|Campsite on a ridgeline with incredible views of Thielsen|
|Thielsen Creek with Mt. Thielsen beyond|
|Diamond Peak looms huge beyond Summit Lake|
|Backpacking along Diamond Peak on our final day|