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)|
|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|