Ascending Songer Butte and a bonus hike on the Quarry Trail 12-28-20

Photos by Jerry and Linda

Six hikers gathered at Rite Aid for the last hike of 2020. We were heading back out to Emigrant Lake for a second attempt at hiking up Songer Butte. Thick fog spoiled our try last Monday.

We started at 10 am to avoid some of the morning chill and any valley fog. As it turned out, it was a crystal clear day with the temperature reaching the mid 40s. We traveled back out Highway 66 just past Mile Post 7 to a left at the Greensprings Spur turnoff.

Our day's goal was to reach the 2,700' top of Songer by taking the Spur Trail out from the parking area and then around the peninsula and up towards the Little Songer cutoff. Then continue following the main trail up towards the back of Songer Butte. It's a gentle climb until the last 100' where it gets steep and can be icy in the shadow of the peak. On top it was calm and we could feel the warmth of the sun. After exploring all the views, we settled down for a relaxed lunch.

Coming down was a bit more challenging as the downward trail back was steep and muddy. Perhaps not the best moment of our stated attempt to practice safe hiking.

With the 2.7 mile to Songer completed, the group was rewarded with a bonus hike on the Quarry Trail. This 3.2 mile out and back heads out across the road from parking area and up a hill to an overlook of the dry lake. Then it meanders south sometimes along the shoreline but mostly in a large marsh area. Good for birding and observing several old beaver dens. The trail ends up alongside a frisbee golf course.

Near six miles today and 600' of gain as we continue our ongoing hiking project around the buttes and trails at Emigrant Lake.

Stay safe & Stay well...hope to see you in the New Year!

Rich Stickle

Track download: Songer Buttes 12-23-20.gpx

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