The Apex Challenge hike #2 to the summit of Black Crater on 7/23/16 was a fantastic success! We had a beautiful day for hiking on Saturday morning with cool morning temperatures and a very scenic trail which started in the forest off Old McKenzie highway, 3 miles from the Dee Wright Observatory. We got on the trail about 7:15 a.m. and hiked for about 2.5 hours to the summit. It is a great hike that I highly recommend due to the variety of the terrain and moderate slope to the summit which is 3.7 miles from the start and gains 2400 feet of elevation gain. The summit has a small rock summit block with an easy access trail to the amazing views from Mt Bachelor to Mt Adams in Washington. Congratulations to Ken, Michelle, Steve, and Logan for completing the hike in strong fashion and for the great camaraderie during the hike.

I am really looking forward to our next hike at Mt Bachelor on 8/6/16 where we will reach our highest elevation at a bit over 9000′. If the snow is right, we may be able to take a short cut and slide our way back down to the mid mountain area!

I hope that you all are enjoying your summer and in the future will join me and others in our next adventures!