Mt. Bailey 10-28-15

The original plan was to do this hike as a shuttle. But, because there were only the four of us, we quickly abandoned that idea and decided to go up and back down through the woods from the west side.

As we were driving in on FS-3703 we saw that there had been significant clearing work done, probably in conjunction with the Crater Lake fires of last summer. When we got to the FS-300 intersection we saw that it had been fixed and that FS-300 had been graded and the brush trimmed back. So, we decided to try heading to the upper trailhead. We got about 3/4 of a mile on FS-380 before deciding to park and proceed on foot. The brush has recently been trimmed back on FS-380, but the roadbed is still in bad shape. So, we walked a mile or so on the road to the upper trailhead.

The temperature when we arrived at the trailhead was around 50oF. We enjoyed full sun alternating with overcast in the morning until we entered the clouds at around 7,200'. We had a few minutes of light sleet as we went up, and we crossed some fresh snow patches. We didn't have any wind to speak of until we came around the boulder at the south end of the saddle to the summit. The temperature here was probably a bit above freezing and that coupled with being in the fog and having the saddle covered with snow convinced us to declare victory here about 300' shy of the summit and to drop back down for lunch. In any case, as Sabin observed, "we've climbed everything we can see".

Lynn found us a nice spot in the trees with full sun. The sun only lasted about 10 minutes to be replaced with big fluffy snowflakes. So we quickly converted from an Annie lunch to a Hank lunch and headed back down the mountain. Once down below the clouds we were back with the alternating sunshine and overcast.

Refreshments were taken inside at the Rogue River Lodge.

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