I ate two breakfasts at the Annie Creek restaurant because each one was so small. I then went to the Mazama Village store and paid over $30 for 1.5 days worth of food. Holy hell. After the sticker shock of food prices I headed towards the lake and started drowning in tourists. It’s crazy being on trail and totally alone for miles and then walking up a hill, crossing a road, and being among hundreds of tourists. Nothing kicks in anxiety like having your whole harmony/wa/rhythm thrown off in an instant.
I love Lake Tahoe, but Crater Lake is definitely the prettiest lake on the PCT (or near it). The size and spectacle are unrivaled, despite the tourists.
I ended up getting some trail magic from Tuba and her family. I met Tuba all the way back in Hiker Heaven, around mile 400 or something. It’s great seeing old acquaintances and friendly faces, especially when they give you fresh apples and strawberries!
Main Photo: Crater Lake viewed from the Rim Trail on August 13.