In November 2015 I worked with Oregon's Mount Hood Territory (OMHT) to explore seven (and a half) lakes south of Mount Hood in 48 hours. This post is on Little Crater Lake, a few miles north of Timothy Lake, and a short, but icy drive from Oregon Highway 26 and Skyline Road.
Little Crater Lake has startlingly bright turquoise water and, thanks to slightly-above-freezing warm springs, very little ice. It's these springs that formed the lake itself, slowly undermining the soil and creating a sinkhole that catches and displays fallen trees easily visible from the shore no matter how deep they plummet.
A number of trails meander around the water and off to such other sights as Timothy Lake. There is a small campground nearby as well, though all was closed for the winter season. Only a few other visitors joined us, including several snow-loving dogs bouncing about, and I felt we were farther from civilization than any of the other lakes we saw during the project. It will be fun to return here in warmer months to see the area with more wildlife.
I shot with an iPhone 6 Plus and a Canon 6D with an 85 1.2 lens. None of the images is edited.