No Name

img_2691What’s better than a spontaneous backpacking adventure? Turns out, not much. This weekend I found myself hoofing it up Broken Top Mountain, and wondering what I’d got myself into.dsc_0529-copy

The trail is approximately 5 miles round trip, and the landscape did not disappoint.
dsc_0548The hike started out dry and dusty, with views of Mt. Bachelor & Broken Top along the way.dsc_0539We walked up and up, past streams, lava fields & snowbanks.No Name LakeAfter scurrying up a creek bed, we were presented with the glowing waters of No Name Lake.

dsc_0661Once we dropped off our gear at our campsite, we scrambled up the ridge to see things from a different perspective. As the light changed, so did the color of the stones.dsc_0772The lake’s reflective qualities intensified as the sun set.
sunset mountainsFrom the ridge, a collection of Oregon’s peaks could be seen.dsc_0779All in all, the journey to No Name Lake was one of my favorites; the mountains were tall, the water was clear, and the company was fantastic.  Better get to it before the snow does 🙂

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