Sunday, September 7, 2014

Crater Ditch

We went for a hike on the Crater Ditch Trail with our friend Connie and her friend Wendi, taking Daffy with us. The trail we took takes you to the summit of Broken Top which we can see from our house.

Broken Top is an extinct, glacially eroded stratovolcano in Oregon, part of the extensive Cascade Range. Located southeast of the Three Sisters peaks, the volcano, residing within the Three Sisters Wilderness, is 20 miles (32 km) west of Bend, Oregon in Deschutes County. Eruptive activity stopped roughly 100,000 years ago, and currently, erosion by glaciers has reduced the volcano's cone to where its contents are exposed. Bend and Crook Glaciers are the two named glaciers on the peak. (via wikipedia)

Daffy on the trail with the creek alongside and Broken Top with Crook Glacier in the background
Wendi on the trail surrounded by beauty

Connie along Crater Creek

Broken Top and the Crook Glacier

Connie and Wendi hiking up with Ball Butte in the background
Daffy's wet paw prints. Not a water dog by nature but she did great in the creek crossings!

A tiny rivulet of water supports some lichen growth

The scramble up to the lake, can you make out the trail on the right?

Daffy, the Glacier Dog!

The beautiful unnamed moraine lake

3 Finger Jack, Mt Washington, Mt Jefferson in the clouds, and faintly Mt Hood

The Three Sisters (Charity, Hope, and Faith)

photographing the photographer

view of the lake from the summit

Lunch time at the top with Jim, Daffy, Wendi, and Connie

(photo courtesy of Connie)

Jim and Connie at the top careful up there!!

The snow wall on the right still looks 'ski-able'

Mt Bachelor in the middle distance
On top of the world

a few wildflowers left

Connie and Wendi
Connie and Wendi on the descent
waving from below.... hello up there! (photo courtesy of Connie)

Broken Hand
It was a long day out but a beautiful hike in such a lovely area with wonderful company!
We are so glad we met Wendi (she is a pet sitter here in Bend! A good person to know :) )
Hope to hike again soon with them.