Friday, August 16, 2013

On the PCT from Fish Lake to the rim of Crater Lake

For 8 days in late July and early August, my brother John and I backpacked about 140 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern and Central Oregon.  During this time backpacking, Susanna and Jasper, with the help of our friend Rori from Wisconsin, worked as "trail angels" to resupply us with food and water. 

On July 31, I met up with John at a PCT trailhead near Fish Lake.  John had just completed a 36 mile segment from Green Springs Summit to Fish Lake  (a segment I had already completed).  Susanna and Jasper wished us luck and off we hiked, northbound, in to the Sky Lakes Wilderness.  Over the next four days, we backpacked a little more than 61 miles.  The land was spectacular, a mix of old forest, sparkling blue lakes and jagged mountains.  On the morning of day four, we exited Sky Lakes Wilderness and entered Crater Lake Wilderness. 

In the mid afternoon of day four, we met up with Susanna, Jasper and Rori along the rim of one of the most spectacular scenes in the world:  Crater Lake!  The first half of our journey was complete...
Campsite on the shore of Trapper Lake

Trapper Lake with a perfect morning reflection

One of the Snow Lakes

Climbing up Shale Butte in the heart of Sky Lakes Wilderness

View of Devil's Peak from our lunch spot on day 3

Perfect lake for a swim (Cliff Lake)

Union Peak

Far off view of the mountains along the rim of Crater Lake

Crater Lake...certainly one of the most stunning scenes on earth!

Backpacking high above Crater Lake

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