Boundary Springs (Crater Lake National Park) 07-Sep-2012

Boundary Springs Upper Rogue River Crater Lake National Park Oregon

While on a pre-retirement holiday at Crater Lake National Park, we took a boat tour of the lake (highly recommended!), then went over to the Mount Mazamas Viewpoint on Highway 230. This is the trailhead for the hike to Boundary Springs, the headwaters of the (main stem) Rogue River. After a short section of dusty trail, we started following the Rogue upstream,

Boundary Springs Upper Rogue River Crater Lake National Park Oregon
The Rogue River just downstream of its source

past a tumbling cascade,

Boundary Springs Upper Rogue River Crater Lake National Park Oregon
A waterfall in the river

to a point (which I’m standing on to take this picture) where the water simply gushes from the ground and heads downstream. It took me awhile to convince The LovedOne that we were standing on (not in) the Rogue River! o_O

Boundary Springs Upper Rogue River Crater Lake National Park Oregon
Looking downstream from atop Boundary Springs

This was a short (5 miles round-trip; only 400 feet of elevation gain) hike to a really neat location – great for a warm afternoon. That evening, the clouds provided a canvas for sunset over the lake.

Boundary Springs Upper Rogue River Crater Lake National Park Oregon
Sunset at Crater Lake

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