chasing waterfalls pt 1 (or route 30, a diversion)

waterfalls, well, water in general, gives me such a feeling of serenity and calm unlike anything I’ve ever felt. on a recent trip to Oregon, we went down old route 30 to see some of the finest displays of falling water one can experience in such a short tract of road. 

latorell waterfall
bridal veil falls, Oregon
this was on the hike to Multnomah falls; it’s just water pouring from the rock face. I loved it.
Multnomah falls
obligatory selfie at horse tail falls
horse tail falls without my face in the way

anyway, part 2 of this post will be other stunning water spots along the Oregon meander (that’s what I’m calling this trip).

enjoy, and go find a waterfall!

little crater lake

in the mount hood national forest, on a random forest road, literally in the middle of mostly nowhere, there exists a little crater lake.

it’s not very wide, about 50 feet deep, and completely crystal clear. as you can see, there are dozens of fallen trees, sunk down to the bottom where the water is a crisp 34°F.

the trail head is at the little crater lake campground, follows a marshy (but boardwalked) trail, and about 1/4 of a mile down the path past the lake is a junction on the Pacific Crest Trail.

I would never had seen this lovely work of art in nature if I hadn’t first driven down a shady, winding NF road along the Clackamas River, which hadn’t been the original plan.

I guess it just reminded me that sometimes plans change and you wend down the road less traveled to find a piece of stunning natural beauty. I’m going to try it again very soon.

Little Crater Lake
look! I hiked on the PCT (for a minute)
walking thru the marsh on the way toward the lake
view from the PCT side; notice the rickety view platform.