There has definitely been a chill in the air the last several mornings but by mid afternoon it can feel quite hot out in the open. The first 10 miles was more uninspiring trail through the pines with mosquitos and lots of blow downs… It’s kind of an obstacle course.
By mid morning I finally had some views 🙂
Then it turned into a giant burn area…with wildflowers!
No, that’s not Mt. Shasta…it’s Mt McCloughlan (~9000′).
There was one notable climb today…Devils Peak. I had intel so I knew to expect snow on the steep north facing side.
It wasn’t too bad actually. If I there had been other folks in the vicinity I probably would have glissaded down the slope. But with the melting snow the last thing I wanted was to get the top of a pine tree up the pooper and wallow in the snow waiting for help. Instead, I descended some soft scree just to left of this pic. Discretion is the better part of Valor !
By early evening I had arrived at the border of Crater Lake NP.
Not too worse for the wear after a 31mi day.
I had a great pine needle campsite all to myself. Definitely a tent night with all the mosquitos.
I wasn’t patient enough to wait around for the whole sunset…I was anxious to get in my sleeping bag.
You must have just cruised by us. Just arrived to Mazama Village. Happy Trails!!!
What’s your trail name?
wow you are really making good time . You should be out of mosquitos for a few days now………love the pictures of our area. Mt McClaughin is a popular one day trek for us. I will have to find a pic of shane and Minor there with ice axes — think Shane was about 8 or 10…… enjoy Crater lake as i think you should have bright blue skys. There is popular boat trip on lake if you want to hike down….. am sure there will be many tourists from all over the world as always….
Impressive that Shane climbed that at the age of 8 (or 10) !