Collings Mountain 1-8-20

Photos by Barry M., Jim W. and Keeley

Ten of us headed out to Applegate to hike up Collings Mountain, despite a 90% chance of rain.  As it turned out, we had no rain until we were back to the cars.  The weather gods were being good to us today. 

This is basically a hike in the trees with some views of the different valleys in the Applegate area.  The trail is steep but the trail was in good shape.  We saw lots of green plants growing everywhere, mostly ferns and related type plants, because everything was damp.  I did notice a large stretch of the trail had bear grass on both sides and the blooms had done their thing, but had not broken off.  It must have been quite a sight last fall.

As we approached the top, we encountered a rock overhand that had 2 small gnome figures with welcoming signs. Very nice touch.  Lunch was taken further down the trail as we watched the frost line drop altitude as the temperature dropped. 

Extra credit was given to Jim W. for leading part of the group to the famous “Big Foot” trap, which according to one of our hikers was funded and built by a $7,000 government grant (see pictures).  Oh what we can find to spend money on. 

The group went to Boomtown for refreshments, which did not have any peanuts, but still provided great service.  It was a good day to be out and about.

Keeley

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