Table Mountain 10/26/10

Garmin Interactive Map (Garmin 405 died during this hike)

16 Miles

3350 Elevation gain

Matt, Myself

Table Mountain is a great hike with great rewards – the great rewards / views are why people hike it on a clear day. Those of us who choose to hike it on a day such as this are idiotic and just looking for a good challenge or workout.

Many people choose the shorter approach to Table Mountain – the Aldrich Butte Trail, which is 8 miles. This trailhead is located just West of the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort. Matt and I decided to mix it up with starting from the Bonneville Dam Trailhead, which is double the miles – 16miles in all.

From the Bonneville Dam Trailhead you begin hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. I am always a fan of hiking on the PCT as it is usually well maintained, offers some of the best views, and plus of its notoriety.

About 3 miles into the hike we hit Gillette Lake. At this point the rain was a heavy constant mist making it feel like we had took a dip in the Lake.

IMG_2259[ Gillette Lake w/ the PCT Trail Marker]

Despite our current wet state we hiked on hoping to get above the freezing level soon in hopes of some dry snow verses the wet rain.

We hiked…. hiked… and hiked….

It rained…. rained … and rained…

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[Matt being a good sport despite being wet, tired & hungry 🙂 ]

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[Table Mountain – Snow at the top]

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[My poor Garmin 405 – hmmm not so waterproof!]

My garmin apparently was exposed to an extreme about of rain causing it to loose its waterproof-ness. No one or thing should ever have to endure that much rain… ever! Needless to say I called up Garmin and they happily credited me and I happily upgraded to the garmin 310 (20 hr battery life vs the 405’s 8 hours).

[Garmin 310xt]

The Garmin 310 is an amazing gps watch for the avid cyclist, hiker, runner, snowshoer, etc… It gives you quick and mostly accurate stats like elevation, distance, speed, and heart rate. In addition, the watch even features a map tracking your waypoints. With the map function and easy to read data fields the computer-sized watch is justified – Although if you wear it out on the town you may look like a home school kid and be hackled until performing the quadratic formula as it is similar to the size of the infamous calculator watch.

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Crater Lake Trip

This is a recap of our trip to Crater Lake. Click on the links for more information about a particular area… Enjoy! 🙂

Day 1

McKenzie Scenic Highway

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Proxy Falls

 

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Dee Wright Observatory

Bend, Oregon

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Bend Brewing Company

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Soda Creek Camping

(A couple great hikes in the area – South Sister& Black Butte)

 

Day 2

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Diamond Lake

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Crater Lake

 

Day 3

 

Prospect, Oregon

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Historic Prospect Hotel

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Pearsoney Falls

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Mill Creek Falls

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Barr Creek Falls

Highway 138 Waterfalls

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Clear Water Falls

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Whitehorse Falls

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Watson Falls

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Toketee Falls

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Colliding in Glide

Prospect, Oregon – Crater Lake Trip

After visiting the Winter Wonderland up at Crater Lake we finally arrived to Prospect, Oregon. I had been given a free nights’ stay at the Historic Prospect Bed and Breakfast from Travel Portland and was very eager to use it.

We were a tab bit early for checkin so we did a little exploring. Prospect is a small town – school, post office, gas station, tavern and of course the Historic Bed and Breakfast. We quickly found ourselves at the Tavern with a microbrew in hand. We enjoy visiting different pubs as they all have an unique feel.

 

 

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Kristin and I had never experience the Bed and Breakfast deal before and did not know what to expect. The Prospect Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful Historic house that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as it was built in the 1880’s. The house is quaint with history lining the walls.

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We we given the John Muir Room at the Historic Bed & Breakfast Hotel.  It was located on the 3rd floor – no elevators… Kristin didn’t like hauling her stuff up 3 flights of stairs much. The room was small and had all the necessities. We quickly enjoyed climbing up and down the 3 flights of stairs as we learned more about the place with the plethora of historic pictures and articles displayed. Being placed in the John Muir Room was cool too as he was a great wilderness explorer back in the day.

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[3 Flights of Stairs up… ]

Just a short 10 minute stroll from the Hotel are a few cool waterfalls. With the abundant amount of the rain one positive thing about it was the waterfalls looked much more powerful.  Before breakfast we walked to Pearsoney Falls - 

 Garmin Interactive Map

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[Pearsoney Falls – 10 minute walk from Hotel]

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[Close Call!]

There was a huge storm that rolled through that entire area with some intense precipitation and wind. The SUV parked next to us wasn’t as fortunate as our car – he got hit and dented up pretty bad.

After breakfast we ventured back to the waterfall scenic area. The avenue of boulders and mill creek falls are an amazing geological site.

 

Garmin Interactive Map

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[Mill Creek Falls & Barr Creek Falls]

The Historical Prospect Bed & Breakfast was an excellent place close to Crater Lake. It was awesome to have the ability to walk from the Hotel to the Mill Creek Scenic Area. Also, the food at the Hotel’s Dinner House was phenomenal! For dinner I went with the grilled rib eye and a fine bottle of local wine. We lucked out for breakfast as we were served the specialty breakfast ‘left overs’ from a large group. It was essentially French toast, but way better. The bread is soaked over night is some sort of caramel concoction. Even with my legendary eating habits I was only able to put away a couple pieces because it was so rich – but soooo good! 

Colliding in Glide

 

We were told by a few people that this place was pretty cool. Basically its 2 major rivers – Umpqua and Little Rivers – Colliding. It was built up a bit to be an awesome site especially since the great amount of rain that had been hitting the area. Supposedly during high water flowing times the collision is an amazing site – for us not so much.

 

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[The explanation]

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[The major collision 🙂 ]

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Toketee Falls – Crater Lake Trip

Garmin Interactive Map

.83 mi

Elevation Gain:
265 ft

Min/Max Elevation:
2,345 ft /2,453 ft

This falls was a bit of a hike (compared to the others right off the road). Definitely worth getting completely soaked to see this one!

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[Wooden Pipe that drives an incomprehensible amount of gallons of water]

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[Beautiful Fall colors]

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[Its raining a little bit – a wet trail!]

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[The Umpqua Gorge… ]

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Stairs. Stairs. Stairs. They are needed when you are hiking into an area as vertical and unstable as this!

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Watson Falls – Crater Lake Trip

Garmin Interactive Map

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[Creek below the waterfall]

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[The trail continues up to the base of Watson Falls – The trail was pretty much a river so we cut it short]

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[Hiking through lakes… ] 

Whitehorse Falls – Crater Lake Trip

Garmin Map(interactive map)

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