In addition to our walk at Nehalem Bay earlier in the month, we hiked three other days in August before going on our trip to the Olympic Mountains at the end of the month.
8-17-2021 – Wildwood Trail/Witches Castle
We added another 2 miles to our section hike of the Wildwood Trail.
A five mile loop – Wildwood Trail to Birch Trail to Holman Lane
The forest was dry and dusty today
This segment of the Wildwood Trail passes by the “Witches Castle”, formerly a visitor center, now a destination for various graffiti artists and partiers, and a colorful landmark in the green forest.
Meanwhile, in the forest, harbingers of fall in the maple trees….
We only have 5 miles remaining in our pandemic thru hike.
8-22-2021 – Dry Creek Falls
We returned to this short hike in the gorge with our visiting daughter. And I noted that, while we were not in Iceland, we were looking at a waterfall and columnar basalts…
Dry Creek Falls
Columnar basalts, vine maples and cedar branches
Bridge on the PCT over Dry Creek
There were a few colorful flowers and berries along the trail…
And the evil poison oak, showing its fall colors
A ghost tree along the path.
8 26-2021 Little Zigzag Falls and Little Crater Lake, Mt Hood
We planned to hike up high on Mt Hood today, but the cloud cover directed us otherwise.
Little Zigzag Falls – We’ve never stopped here before because the hike is so short – less than a mile round trip. This trail through beautiful green forest along a mountain stream will be a good one to keep in mind for visitors on the grand round-the-mountain tour.
Remnants of the old Mt Hood Highway near the trailhead
The trail follows along the edge of Little Zigzag Creek
Little Zigzag Falls
Rock-hugging tree at the top of the falls
View upstream from the top of the falls
Another view of Little Zigzag Falls
Exposed tree roots near the falls
Little Crater Lake – This lake, south of Mt Hood, has long been on my ‘to visit’ list.
The lake is an easy walk from the trail head.
Little Crater Lake
The true blue color…
The lake is not actually a crater – it was formed by an artesian spring.
The blue clarity of the water is mesmerizing. I love the reflections. My little camera has a hard time catching the actually vibrancy of the turquoise blue, but none of the brighter blues here are exaggerated.
We continued to a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that follows the northern arm of Timothy Lake, where we found more lovely views and foliage.
PCT to Timothy Lake
Northern arm of Timothy Lake
We passed by Little Crater Lake again on our return hike – once again admiring the deep blue and the reflections.
Little Crater Lake again
Reflections and abstractions
I plan to return next spring when the wildflowers are blooming!