Seven Lakes TH to Shale Butte 10-15-20

Photos by Bob

Bob Hutton took John and I up the rocky Seven Lakes Trail to scout the PCT above 7,000 feet in the High Cascades. The TH off FS3780 out of Butte Falls started at just over 5,000 feet. Much of the uphill trail seemed to be dried creek beds with rolling rocks. The trail would occasionally flatten out through shaded forests as we made our ascent.

Along the path, just after passing Frog Lake, we met two SMC volunteers (Siskiyou Mountain Club); a young couple who were clearing the trail of deadfall with their manual saws. We thanked them for their much needed service.

After a couple of hours we reached the junction of Seven Lakes Trail bending left towards Alta Lake and the PCT heading uphill to our right. We continued about a half mile to our lunch spot at 7,100 ft. It was a sunny and calm spot with views of Finch Lake below us and further off we saw Mt McLoughlin, Roxy Anne, Mt. Ashland and Shasta. After lunch we learned from a plague on a boulder that our spot was called Finch Overlook named for Douglas Finch, a Fire Control Officer.

On this clear day, we could also see the rim of Crater Lake as well as Thielsen, Garfield Peak, Union Peak and Mt Scott.

After a long shortcut on FS37 we finally made our stop at Caldera for a pint.

It was another good day on the trail,
Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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