7 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Thought we had a perfect "safe space" picked out for Sunday's hike! Driving east through the Gorge, the sights were just ghastly. Alas, as we enjoyed lunch beside the beautiful Peggy Lake, an enormous plume of smoke erupted over the ridge on the far side. Holy crap! Less than two miles away, a (no doubt) human caused fire had grown to 1000 acres in almost no time, having started inside the rim of East Crater. Needless to say, we evac'd our butts with due haste. Driving back west through the Gorge, we stopped again to watch our "cathedral" burn in the Eagle Creek fire.

So sad!!! :-(