Most of the threatening forecast failed to materialize as we had a pleasant day on the trail out at Emigrant Lake. We were bundled up for cold weather but there was no snow and very little rain.
Our goal to climb Songer Butte was briefly interrupted when we found the Spur Trail parking closed for ADA upgrades. No worries, we just headed down Highway 66 a mile to Songer Wayside parking and took the trail from there.
Along the trail through high grass, we took the turn off for Little Songer to add distance to our hike, and three of us climbed up on that rock.
Next our group of six started the heart pounding climb up to Songer Butte. With the sun coming out some of us stopped for wardrobe adjustments. Upon reaching the top we were glad to have a view of the valley below and the snow capped mountains all around us.
We shared the Butte with a Homing Pigeon who stayed with us during lunch and photos.
On the way back down, we decided to take a side trail that gave us a view of Emigrant Lake that was partially filled, maybe 10-15%.
Our hike took us past countless Oregon White Oak and some Manzanita, Oregon Ash and Willows.
On the day, we went 5+ miles with 600' gain.
We stopped for refreshments back in Ashland at the Wild Goose.
It was a good day for hiking.