Grizzly Peak 9-27-19

Participants:  Elisabeth, Judy, Daniel, Linda, Lucy, and Margie

Our Friday group of six enjoyed Grizzly Peak’s 5 ½ mile loop in everything from drizzle to sunlight. After the usual slippery, muddy section, the trail was clear and showed some residual wildflowers, lovely red berries and lots of mushroom varieties. Lucy Munson, an amateur mushroom hunter, identified several for us, such as Bolete and Coral variety.

The sign pointing hikers to the two directions for the ‘lollypop’ loop was hanging to the ground, screw loose and stripped. Daniel to the rescue with his Leatherman, so we took credit for trail maintenance.

We didn’t get the open views that often are the highlight of this hike, but we enjoyed the fast shimmering and puffy cloud formations as they sped along, opening and closing, and forecasting the storms to come. Walking through the area of the fire in early 2000s, we were heartened to see how tall the beautiful young and healthy trees have become.

On the way back, we paused to acknowledge yesterday’s Petrov Day: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident

Ashland Hiking Home

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