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.
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.
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.
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.
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