Mr. Bailey 7-31-19

Photos by Jim and Barry H.

Five of us headed north near Diamond Lake to see if the air was clean and yes – it was.  So we decided to take an off trail hike up the west side of Mt. Bailey to the top and down the normal trail on the south side back to a shuttle car.  The bushwacking was easy, but very steep.  Jim Wayman led us with ease through the forest and up the side of the snow cat ski area, past a very large snow field and up to the top of Mt. Bailey.  It is something you need to experience to appreciate. 

Lunch was taken on top where we had a 360 degree view including the Three Sisters plus Mt. Bachelor, past Mt. Thielsen  and Mt. Scott and finally landing on Mt McLoughlin with Shasta just peaking it’s head above the horizon.  Of course the main character in today’s drama was Mt. Thielsen.  Once we were on top of Mt. Bailey, Mt. Thielsen was always watching us.  The views with Diamond Lake in the foreground and Mt. Thielsen in the background were just breath taking.  Most of the time they were very near and in the open.  Other times they would be framed by rocks or trees or both.  We did the traditional picture taking at the “hole in the rock” on the way down, with Mt. Thielsen/Diamond Lake in the background, then headed back to the shuttle car and home.

We decided to stop for ice cream at Phil’s, then home.  It was a great experience and we will all sleep well tonight.  Thanks for the company.

Keeley

Track download: Mt. Bailey 7-31-19.GPX

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