Hiking Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Forest June 28th, 2012
President Garfield was our 20th President who grew up poor, raised on a farm by a single mother. The young James A Garfield worked as a janitor and handyman to pay for his studies at the university and because of his brilliance he soon was teaching literature classes and became the president of the university where he studied and eventually the President of the United States. Garfield Peak in the Crater Lake National Forest is named after our 20th President.
Last Thursday, Curt and I, drove up to higher altitutes of Crater Lake National Forest last Thursday and did a 3 mile hike up Garfield Peak. The last half a mile of the trail was closed by a snow pile and we did not have it in us to boulder up to the top. The hike is considered strenuous but was not as hard as our steep 'Hell Hike' we do up Mt. Pisgah here in Eugene. But the thin air really makes you huff and puff , but is very good for improving your lung capacity.
Here is the link from the Crater Lake National Forest which describes the Garfield trail:
Snow coming into Crater Lake National Park:
Profile of Garfield Peak at the beginning of the trail:
My husband Curt, as we start the hike:
Steep edge of trail:
View of Crater Lake from trail:
Boulders to top we did not do:
Boulders to the top:
Blue Edelweiss Flowers:
Bright Fire Orange Flowers: