Kangaroo Lake to Bull Lake 11-2-20

Photos by Linda, Track by Randy

The twice postponed hike into California's Marble Mountains became reality Monday under sunny skies that shone on golden fall hills. We drove the 75 mile route down to Kangaroo Lake for our hike out to Bull Lake. This was the first time on this beautiful hike for half of our party of eight.

After parking in the back of the spacious lot we walked back down the road to the TH of the Fen Interpretive Trail. New signs had been posted explaining the local seasonal flowers including Bear Grass and Cobra Lilies (or Pitcher Plants), Geological formations, side hikes to Old Growth Forests, an Overlook to Kangaroo Lake, and what the heck is a Fen ( which turns out to be a creek fed by snowmelt ).

The Fen Trail offers a fairly steep climb up to the PCT with stops along the way to look down on Kangaroo Lake with occasional birds of prey seen diving for trout.  At the saddle on top you can view the Siskiyous to the north and Lassen to the southeast. Also from the saddle you can look up behind you to see the monkey face rock formation.

Down from the blustery saddle we descend towards the PCT and mentioned to the group our meeting last November with Sabine, the German filmmaker who was completing her PCT adventure.

The bright skies made for great views of surrounding mountains. And the mild temps made for a comfortable hike. On our way out to Bull Lake, we came across a fabulous array of Cobra Lilies growing out of spring water that populated the hillside for some 300 feet up. We stopped for lots of pictures of the curious plants that feed on flying insects that get trapped inside the plant's acid filled gullet.

From there we pushed on towards our lunch break above Bull Lake at 7,000' some 1,200' above our starting point. At our lunch spot we had stunning views of Mt. Eddy and Shasta just over her left shoulder. From 7,000' we also looked down into Robbers Meadow and wondered how hikers let alone bandits on horseback managed to get down that steep grade. We also met two mountain bikers who had traveled nine miles along the PCT from Park Creek to our perch above Bull Lake. They were on their way to Scott Mountain a 28 mile RT.

After lunch, some of our group ventured down the PCT looking for another path to the alpine lake.  We cut a half hour off on the return hike, but did stop at the Kangaroo Overlook to view two Bald Eagles circling and diving into the lake. When we got back to parking we went out to the lake now calm and drenched in warm sunlight and listened to the calls of the Eagles up on the cliff that descends into Kangaroo Lake.

It was a memorable day,
Rich 

Ashland Hiking Home

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