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Little Crater Lake Mt. Hood National Forest Oregon

Little Crater Lake – A Gem in Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest

We decided to get out for a “mom & dad” date night and picked the Mt. Hood National Forest to spend 2 days and 1 night. Our date night’s gets extended sometimes because we do not take them as often as we should. We stayed at The Resort  in Welches, Oregon about 12 miles from Timberline Lodge and many hiking trails.

Our goal, more of my goal, was to show Kristin some beautiful Pacific Northwest sites. The weather of was 80 degrees, sunny, and clear so we wanted to see some sights.Little Crater Lake Mt. Hood National Forest Oregon

When looking around I came around Little Crater Lake campground and figured there must be something to the name so we tracked it down. Little Crater Lake is on the way to Timothy Lake which is east of Mt. Hood.

View to Southeast of Little Crater Lake and its nice blue color.

It is maybe 10 miles on highway US 26 past Timberline and is worth seeing if in the area. It is a crystal clear natural spring lake that is light blue and is something that is not what you would expect in a meadow off the base of a mountain, then again I guess it is.

The brief history of crater lake

Basically there were separate layers of earth, one being a water bearing gravel between solid bedrock and below soft siltstone. The area has faults, being it is a volcano, and when it shifted under this area, it created a crack allowing water to travel up through fissures. The water came to the top creating an artesian spring which craved out a small lake in the soft siltstone. Its temperature year round is 34 degrees Fahrenheit being its filled by melted snow waters. I thought it was a neat little gem and hoped Kristin enjoyed it.Crater Lake In Oregon

It located about 250 feet from the Little Crater Lake campground and one of the many great things to visit in the Mt. Hood National Forest

DIRECTIONS: From Sandy, Oregon travel 66 miles East on Highway US 26.
Take a right on Skyline Road (Forest Road 42) and travel 4 miles.
It is then 2 miles west on FR 58. GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 45.1476183 Longitude: -121.7475769


  1. MONCLER CHEAP on August 7, 2011 at 7:13 am

    it’s great, very beautiful!

  2. Katja on July 15, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Sounds awesome!

  3. Del on July 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I thought it was neat!

  4. Wendy T on July 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    That is Beautiful. With a capital B.