Collings Mountain 9-15-21

Six of us headed to the Applegate area to hike up Collings Mountain.  It was in the mid 60’s and blue skies everywhere.  We normally hike this trail in the winter, but it was one of the few clear air areas around, so up we went.  The Applegate Reservoir actually had more water in it than I expected.  On the way up a rattlesnake ran across the trail in front of me and decided to coil up in a nearby bush.  He gave us notice to move on, so after everyone had seen him and I had taken his picture, we moved on.  Next up on the trail was this big rock and everyone decided to name it  – WHALE ROCK.  Can you see the mouth and head on the picture?

Lunch was taken looking west at Grayback Mountain.  We did a short stop at the BIG FOOT trap, but no big foot was around.  We then discovered two small caves on the way down to the cars, but no interesting animals were present.  We also saw an alligator lizard (see picture).  On our way out it was pointed out to me that there was a Big Foot picture on the Trail Head sign.  Interesting humor from ODOT maybe?

It was good to get outdoors and we all enjoyed the hike.  Everyone is going to do a rain dance on Friday night, hoping for enough rain to get rid of the smoke. 

Keeley Kirkendall

Track download: Collings Mountain 9-15-21.gpx

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