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Beautiful Mountain Lake

Friday, August 14, 2020

Today my friend Hanne and I hiked around beautiful Todd Lake in the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains. We left early in the morning, because the trail is popular; it is scenic and relatively easy. The trail is about 2 1/2 miles; it is fairly at a high elevation (about 6150:feet, or about 1900:meters), so we hiked at a relaxed pace.

We began with views of Broken Top across the lake.





We stopped in the meadows to photograph wildflowers.

Pink monkey flower



Indian paintbrush bud



The next flower is called elephant head. The tiny pink flowers look like miniature elephant heads! My photo does not do it justice. So after my photo, there is a link to a professional photograph that is highly magnified to show you the elephant.



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Asters



Lake view



Some very young children excitedly showed us the tadpoles and tiny frogs in the shallow water.

We saw wonderful views of Mount Bachelor from the south end of the lake.







And more wildflowers in another meadow.

Larkspur and yarrow



It was a beautiful and relaxing hike in the mountains. We were lucky, the weather was lovely, and it was not hot. The trail was not crowded, and everyone was polite and friendly. All in all, a great hike.
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