Aspen Butte via Hans' Shortcut 10-30-19

Ten of us headed north to climb to the top of Aspen Butte - the shorter way.  Hans from Klamath Falls led us through the forest, bushwhacking our way to the top of this very old caldera. 

When we met at RiteAid, the wind was blowing and it was in the very low 30’s.  Most of us were worried that the wind and cold would follow us to Aspen Butte and get worse on the top.  However, when we met Hans at the turnoff from Clover Road, it was cold, but no wind.  We wound our way around/over downed trees, over rocks and through the woods to make it to the rim of the caldera and then hiked along the rim to the top.  There were some patches of snow/ice, but with care, we all made it to the top.

The views on top are 360 degrees.  The sun was out and we could see from Mt. Shasta to Mt. McLoughlin to Crater Lake and beyond.  Hans led the perfect pace to the top so we were all in good spirits and actually enjoyed this very steep hike to the top.

Lunch was a relaxed event, with everyone enjoying the views and good weather.  Our two resident geologists educated us on the land’s history.  After lunch, we headed back down to the cars and said our goodbyes to Hans for leading a good hike. 

Refreshments were taken at Caldera Brewing.

Keeley

Track download: Aspen Butte Shortcut Route 10-30-19.gpx

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