Here are some photos from the hike:
A view of Engineer Mountain, as seen from Andrews Lake, where the trailhead for Crater Lake begins. Monsoon storms were predicted, so we tried to get an early start.
Cloud reflections in the lake - this is a 3-part vertically-oriented pano
Along the trail at one of the many vantage points of Engineer. The wildflowers were incredible on this trip. Here, Orange Sneezeweed brightens up this open meadow section of the trail.
Higher up, a field of Elegant Death Camas (so named because they are very poisonous and many early settlers died from eating their roots), some purple daisies and Rosy Paintbrush make up the majority of wildflowers.
About 1/4 mile from the lake, a marshy field is filled with Elephant's Head flowers, which are members of the Snapdragon family.
Crater Lake with Twilight Peak in the background. Approximate elevation here is 11,300'.
The gang: Radka (visiting from Slovakia), Eva, David and Wayne
Heading back, this is what the skies looked like about 30 min after we left the lake.
Looking back along the trail, about 1 3/4 miles from the trailhead, as the trail leaves a wooded section...
...and this is what it looked like ahead.
Taken about 3 min. before it started raining on us and the camera went bye-bye in the pack. The rain started out as a light sprinkle, progressing to sleet and then hail that felt like getting hit with BB's. There was lightning a few miles away, and thankfully by this time, we were in the final, forested switchback section of the trail. We ended up running the last mile in the icy, cold rain, and probably not my preference after having just hiked 10 miles, but hey - it's an adventure! I only slipped and fell in the mud once, and my trusty REI rain jacket at least protected my backpack and camera from getting soaked.