Mount Scott, Crater Lake National Park - August 7, 2010
Coordinator Lois Soulia, narration by Lois Soulia and pictures by Bill Riley

On August 7, 2010, on a perfect day for hiking, eleven FOU hikers climbed to the very top of Mt. Scott, elevation 8,920 feet. The air was invigorating at the top with a hint of the cold to come in another month or so. This is always a popular hike and it was a busy trail with parties of the very vocal young and other older hikers who with a slower pace also attained the summit. It was noticeable that our members made very good time on the uphill trek.

Haze from the fires in Russia, combined with the smoke from the Northwest’s local fires, curtailed some of the magnificent views usually available from the pinnacle but hikers identified McLaughlin, Theilsen, Bailey, Diamond Lake, Klamath Lake and most sublimely Crater Lake, awesome as always, in its serene majestic self. At the top, there were hundreds of ravens flying in ascending circles and following the wind drafts, perhaps gathering to prepare for their winter exodus.

The trip back to the trailhead didn’t take nearly as long as the slog upwards and two carloads headed for ice cream and home, going back the same way they came.

Lois’ carload decided to continue around the rim and investigate some of the wonderful overlooks of the lake including Cloudcap Overlook and Vidae Falls. They also took the Castle Crest Wild Flower Trail, walking the quarter mile loop, crossing Munson Creek and hopping on the creek moistened stones between banks of exquisite giant Monkey flowers, Penstemon, Marsh Marigolds and Asters.

Bill’s chickens needed feeding so they decided to forgo ice cream, but went home satisfied with the day.


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