A quick hike to Veda Lake before a barbecue. We caught a a glimpse of a large owl right before we pulled up to the trailhead. From the trail, this was one of two unobstructed views of the mountain. The lake itself (visible just through the trees) was swarming with mosquitoes, so our visit was very brief.
It was a daring play: A subalpine hike as early as June that we didn't even start until 6pm. But this time, we lucked out. There wasn’t much snow and the longer day carried us to Horseshoe Meadow in time to build camp, cook dinner, and even make a fire before it was too dark to see. The mosquitoes were bad, but we were so glad to just get out after a few weeks without a hike that even a few bites couldn't dampen the mood.
The following morning, the mosquitoes were out in full force. We ate and packed up quickly, and finished the rest of the lollipop loop that took us by Looking Glass Lake, relying heavily on the GPS to find the unmaintained Graveyard Camp Trail that brought us back to the Pacific Crest Trail.
A note about this hike: we could not find a trail map anywhere, and only one of my many maps even had the Graveyard Camp Trail on it. If we hadn’t taken the time to map the whole thing out in advance, we would have had to turn around and backtrack. So, definitely sit with a few maps before doing this one!
Yesterday's short and steep hike to the top of Black Butte after camping on the banks of the beautiful Metolius River.