Sky Lakes From the Cold Springs Trailhead 11-1-17

Photos by Dan, Denise, Keeley and Nanci

Eleven of us started out on this learning journey about what happens when a forest fire really gets burning.  Hiking temperatures were in the mid 40’s to the low 50’s and a clear sky.  There was some wind, but mainly high overhead.  The trail was generally clear of downed trees, thanks to the Forest Service and only a few patches of snow along the way.  However, there were many burned, down trees and there was a faint order of smoke in the burned areas.  

We were all amazed at seeing trees turned to ashes, including their roots, as evidenced by holes in the ground where there were roots.  In some places the fire was so hot the rocks were cracked and nothing was left standing.  Then, after walking a mile, we saw green trees growing as if nothing had happened.  The site of mushrooms growing among the ashes, along with a few birds, was encouraging, but it will take years for the forest to rebuild.  We did find one tree still smoldering, which was reported to the Forest Service, who said they would get right on it.

Lunch was taken by a few of the outstanding lakes we passed and everyone is looking forward to seeing what Mother Nature will get done in the coming year.  Refreshments were taken at Buffalo Wild Wings in Medford.  Although this was not a difficult hike, it was one of the more educational hikes of the year.

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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