Week 18 – Ashland to Willamette Pass (mile 1716 to 1904)

I covered many miles this week, including some unplanned bonus miles up some nearby peaks. The hot weather seems to have been left behind in Norcal, and with the flatter terrain, its easy to do 25 miles daily, with an occasional 30-mile day.
Crater Lake was a special highlight, and I spent a half day just relaxing & napping on the crater rim.

Day 104: (August 2nd)

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Cool dam on the walk to GreenSprings Inn (which had the best burger on the trail!)
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Pilot rock, popular with climbers. Its the same type of formation as Devils Tower in WY.

Day 105: (August 3rd)

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Cool forest in the background
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Getting closer...two-thirds done!
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Massive lava fields!

Day 106: (August 4th)

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Burn areas are spooky looking.

Day 107: (August 5th)

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Mile 1800!

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Hikertrash loves hanging out by the store

Day 108: (August 6th)

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Crater Lake
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This is indeed a real picture.
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Highest trail elevation in OR!
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Wizard island
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The Watchman

Day 109: (August 7th)

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Mt Thielsen from a distance
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We are almost at the summit, waiting for some roped climbers to clear the area
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View from the summit

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Summit benchmark

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Day 110: (August 8th)

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I pass this sign an hour after I get a text from my cousin Kelsey. Creepy coincidence!
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Nice view.
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Fallen tree across the trail - "Did I make a sound?"

Day 111: (August 9th)

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Diamond Peak panorama

I can’t believe Oregon is already half done! I’m waiting at Shelter Cove resort, near Willamette pass, for Kalmia & Victor to arrive tomorrow!
-Recon

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