Crater Lake National Park, Garfield Peak

Can’t say I’m not a blessed guy. My good friend Aaron took me on a trip down to Crater Lake National Park last Friday. It opened from the government shutdown just in time. We flew in to Eugene and had to drive to the Southern entrance because the Northern one was closed due to snow. The extra drive was pretty nice though, some good scenery through mountains and hills.

IMG_4131 IMG_4135 IMG_4143We got to the Rim Village where there was instantly a great view of the lake! IMG_4149 IMG_4152

We started the hike up to Garfield Peak, which began on a paved track but soon turned to a well-worn dirt trail. It wasn’t very long, but it was quite steep!IMG_4153 IMG_4155

We stopped for quite a few views along the way. A lot of the trail followed a ridge-line that poked out often for great views of the lake.IMG_4157 IMG_4159 IMG_4167I was messing around w/ the slo-mo on my phone and one of the times accidentally tripped over some rocks and almost fell off the trail. Pretty funny.

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We finally made it to the top! Click on this thing below and pan around – it really is quite a fantastic place!

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See that large rock about in the upper right-hand quadrant of the photo below? I somehow convinced Aaron we should saunter on over to it, despite it being off trail and requiring a scramble down some loose rock.IMG_4231

Aaron’s a tough guy though, he was up for it. =)IMG_4238 IMG_4239 IMG_4242

I think it is called Dyer Rock, but it’s pretty sweet looking!IMG_4247

We headed back up to Garfield Peak but we took a slightly different route so we could avoid the rock scramble. It was pretty taxing but fun too – we had to navigate carefully because there was a cliff on the Southern end of Garfield Peak that we had to avoid.IMG_4253 IMG_4256 IMG_4262 IMG_4269

We saw this little stone building cache thing on the way up but I neglected to take a photo of it until the way down. It was pretty neat, a switchback brought you on top of it where there were a few locked manhole covers that you could likely climb down into it – that door is a little too tiny I think.IMG_4280 IMG_4282

We spent the night in Eugene and took a 6 o’clock flight back to SeaTac. There was a lot of fog this past weekend all over the PNW, and this shot from the plane shows some of it covering half of Portland, it was really pretty cool, the photo doesn’t do it justice.IMG_4290

We had a good time and I’d love to come back but I figure we’ll shoot for places we haven’t been before.