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Two great hikes over the long weekend!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I had a GREAT hike to Sisters Mirror Lake on Saturday. I led a group of 8 hikers; most had been to the lake but no one had done the long loop trail. The hike was about 9.5 miles, and some good elevation gain (but not TOO steep!). It was a great group, and I think the new hikers really enjoyed it! Here are a few photos.

Small lake along the trail -- loved the reflection!

This hiker harvested oyster mushrooms by Junco Lake. She studied mycology (mushrooms) at the community college.

Our destination! Sisters Mirror Lake, with South Sister in the background

Enjoying lunch by the lake

4th lake along the trail!

Wickiup Plain and South Sister

Monday was a special hike! I went up Tam McArthur Rim. I don’t think I have been able to hike this alpine wonderland trail for the past 6 years or so. It is very steep. I went with 3 friends, and two young people (daughter of a friend + her fiancé). I went uphill very slowly and enjoyed the hike. I LOVED it. And my friends did not hike fast either. The young couple went faster, but they really enjoyed it also.
The trail rises steeply above Three Creeks Lake.

Tam McArthur Rim behind Three Creeks Lake

On the ascent

Friends on the trail

We're WAY above the lake now, headed up to the steep rim. The cliffs rise 500 feet and are very sheer.

Volcanic vistas from the point (which is a volcanic cliff rising about the lake)

Looking back toward the point from our lunch spot

I added a close up of the top of the point -- can you see the tiny figures on top admiring the view??

After lunch, Pat and I continued on to hike along the ridge toward Broken Hand. The others headed back down. I LOVED hiking up in this open volcanic terrain!

lunch photo with my friends

The trees are very old and very flexible. They are a type of white bark pine that twists and bends from the heavy snow. They are called krummholtz by the alpinists, which means crooked wood in German.

Broken Top and Broken Hand

The Three Sisters

I made it to the top!!

This red and black boulder is a lava bomb. Lava bombs are flung long distances when the volcanos erupt.

This is a close up of a very old living tree. The trunk and tree are virtually horizontal due to the weight of the snow.

This was a really wonderful hike, and challenging for me. It was approximately 7.8 miles with about 1600 feet elevation gain. I am SO glad I did both of these great hikes!

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