We had planned to walk the Watchman Tower Trail this morning, and maybe the Annie Creek Trail in the afternoon, but a hazy and cloudy morning kind of ruled out the Watchman Tower Trail. We ended up just messing around this morning and after lunch walked Annie Creek Trail.
This is a 1.7 mile trail that descends about 225 ft from the National Park campground at Mazama Village where we stayed earlier to the bottom of Annie Creek Canyon, and then follows Annie Creek for quite a ways. It then ascends at another location back to the campground. This was a very nice loop trail as you can see from the pictures. Lots of wildflowers and lush greenery everywhere. It's pretty steep both down and up but well worth the effort.
It seems that thunderstorms are a regular event around here in late afternoon and we got one this afternoon which included lots of rain and some hail. We just missed one yesterday afternoon, which I'm told really dumped on the Rim Village at Crater Lake. Lots of evidence of that on our Annie Creek Trail walk.
We have really enjoyed our stay here at Crater Lake, but are now ready to move on to our next adventure. We'll be leaving tomorrow morning for the Sun River area near Bend, Oregon for a 4 day stay. We have reservations at La Pine campground which is an Oregon State Park and campground. We have reserved a pull-thru site with full hookups for $17 per night plus a $6 reservation fee. Nancy really likes the Sun River area and tells me that there is a lot to do there included lots of great bike riding trails thru some very beautiful country. Should be a lot of fun.