After stopping for an hour or so at the top of McKenzie Pass
to explore the Dee Wright Observatory,
I drove on for less than a mile to Lava Camp Lake
for the second, and main, part of my mid-August outing.
Packing up my camera gear, food, water, and other supplies, I set forth on a five-to-six-mile, six-hour hike to South Matthieu Lake
and back, the majority of which was along the Pacific Crest Trail.
For much of the hike the weather was cool and breezy, for which I was very grateful since I get hot and sweaty very easily. It was nice just to take my time, and stop often to take photos. A lot of the path was through forest, which also helped keep me cool, even though there is about a 700-foot gain in elevation between the parking area and Scott Pass, just south of South Matthieu Lake, where I turned around to head back.
All in all it was a very enjoyable hike, not too long or difficult, with gorgeous scenery, and views of various majestic peaks of the central Oregon Cascades.
I took 273 pictures during the hike, the best 56 of which made it into this album — including four panoramas. Be sure to check out the images from the first part of this day's outing in the McKenzie Pass 2012