East Boulder Lake 11-6-19

Photos by Barry H., Dan S. and Francie, Video by Francie

Eight hikers showed up for an early 8 AM start to head down to California to hike in the East Boulder Lake area. For some of them, this would be their first time. The dirt road after leaving Callahan was pretty good at the start but then we encountered many pot holes and what looked like a bit of washout. With Dan leading the way, we finally arrived at the TH. Because of the rough road our drive time was around 2 hours.

The weather was perfect with amazing blue skies. This hike begins uphill and you quickly warm up. We had several stops as people needed to shed layers at different intervals. When we reached the waterfall, the sun was shining quite bright behind it, but we could see that there was a bunch of ice already along the side. Next comes the stairs through the rocks and marshy land. There was water running down them and ice in some places there as well.

We moved at a good pace then walked along the stream to a good place to cross where we arrived at East Boulder Lake. Then we circled around to Upper Boulder Lake and some other tarns. We decided to have a snack break there because we were about to do some more uphill climbing.

As we reached the top of the saddle, we were greeted by amazing views of the various mountain ranges and also Mt. Shasta. We went down and connected to the PCT. After a short time, I asked to have my picture taken to celebrate my 3,000th mile of purposeful miles this year.

We continued along and Dan saw a perfect spot to have lunch. We sat in the rocks and soaked up some sun. We could see all the way to Lassen Peak. Knowing that we still had a lot of uphill to go, I bribed everyone with some dark chocolate and heard that this seemed to be a pattern.

We continued around to where we had taken lunch in the past. There was more wind so we were glad we had lunch earlier. We started down hill and there were a few times we needed to correct which trail we were on as it looked like many cows had been in the area and made their own paths. Then came more uphill (good thing for the chocolate) We finally arrived back down to East Boulder Lake where we regrouped and then headed back down to our cars.

We had plans to stop at Caldera so people could choose to go on home as it was already getting late. Dan lead the way out and took a different turn on the dirt roads, but we still came out on the other side of Callahan. As we were on the road home we all talked about how strange it was to see it becoming dark by 5 PM. When we arrived back in Ashland, most of the hikers decided to skip beer and fries. Sherry and I went over to Caldera for soup and beer.

Francie

 

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