Brown Mountain 8-14-17

Photos and Tracks by Bob

We headed out 13 strong to do the Brown Mountain Lava Flow but I stopped at the Pederson Trail to show everyone the nice walk through the woods and the sign near the shelter with distances to Canada and Mexico. We met 2 PCT hikers (not together) and one told me she had done the Sierras and didn't have to go back. I wanted everyone to see where they could snowshoe (will be on the 2018 schedule) and a place they could bring friends for a short hike. There were lots of huckleberry bushes but the bears got there first. Joe Senter led us back and morphed into a hiking machine, leaving us all in the dust. 

We continued on to the Summit Snow Park and I showed everyone how to access multiple trails, snowshoeing etc. The irrigation ditch was cascading so someone had opened the gates upstream. A new sign had been installed at the intersection of the PCT and the Summit Trail, I imagine by someone who had heard of Mike Sanson's lost sweep story. Mike had missed the turn and did a few miles for extra credit last year. Mike, if you thought you would outlive that, don't hold your breath. I have the negatives. 

The lava fields were even bigger than I remembered and we saw the best of them and had lunch. Rich took the lead on the way back and became the energizer bunny, a role usually filled by Bob Palermini. Several people sampled thimbleberries and red currants for the first time on the way back. 

Some of us headed for the lake of the Woods Resort and enjoyed beer and fries on the deck overlooking the lake, with a cool breeze to enjoy.  

There was no smoke in the air and the weather was near perfect for hiking. 

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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