This Saturday I joined Chandra as she led a hike around Clear Lake in the Cascades. Clear Lake was formed thousands of years ago when a lava flow blocked the flow of the McKenzie river. The natural damming submerged an ancient forest in the water, which is spring fed, and the lake stays a constant 38 degrees Fahrenheit year round. The alpine temperature and constant spring flow keep the water incredibly clear, and organic material submerged in it decays very slowly. The timber of the ancient forest can still be seen just below the surface of the water thousands of years after its icy burial. Enough talk, on to the picture.
It’s early saturday morning and I’m ready for a hike, after testing out the new batteries:
The day’s perfect. The sun is out, the air is crisp, and all the deciduous trees have their best fall colors on:
Fall in the Oregon cascades means its shroom time. I don’t know what these are, but I’m not going to identify them by a taste test. That could be a fatal affair:
Close up on a yew tree:
Steam rising up from a creek bed:
Clear Lake’s extraordinary color:
You can see the snags of ancient forest trunks just beneath the surface of the water here:
Clear Lake Resort:
Clear Lake looking gorgeous:
Playing around in the fall colors:
More Clear Lake looking gorgeous:
Shroom and moss:
On the way back we made a stop at Sahalie Falls. Because there’s never a good reason to skip out on the falls.
I can’t say enough about how spectacularly beautiful the day was at the lake. Next time we go back we’ll rent a paddle boat and head out on the water to take a look at the submerged trees up close. Also, maybe we’ll go fishing for some trout.