To celebrate my wife's birthday in the first week of September, the family headed out to a part of the Cascades
I had never been to before: the Mount Jefferson Wilderness,
along Oregon Route 22,
and Santiam Pass.
More specifically, we went to Pamelia Lake,
tucked away in a canyon on the western slope of Mount Jefferson
(the second-highest peak in Oregon).
Once we got to the trailhead parking area, it was a two-and-a-quarter mile hike — with about an 800-foot gain in elevation — to the northwestern end of the lake. There we enjoyed our picnic lunch and the great view.
Then we continued along the eastern side of the lake on Hunts Creek Trail
for the entire half-mile length of the lake, and then for another half a mile south until we reached the point where the trail crosses Hunts Creek. The day was advancing, and we didn't want to take off our shoes and roll up our pants to wade through the creek, so we turned around and headed back the way we came.
The entire six-and-a-half mile hike took us about five-and-two-thirds hours — obviously there were lots of stops, and we walked at a fairly leisurely pace. I took a total of 109 pictures, which I have whittled down to the best 30. It was a beautiful and enjoyable hike — not too long and not too steep — and we were glad to discover another little corner of the Oregon wilderness.