Mt. Shasta 9-13-13

We actually made it to Southgate Meadow (formerly Squaw Meadow) for lunch.  Large black cloud hovering over Mt Shasta provided a cool cover during the most difficult uphill portion of the hike. 

We turned onto the Southgate trail in the middle of rush hour.  A steady stream of colorfully dressed youngsters were presumably heading to a counterculture gathering somewhere in the wilderness.  Perhaps they were rendezvousing with a Lemurian contingent.  Barefoot hiking was the order of the day for some of them - Band Aids are cheaper than boots. One fellow cupped his hands and drank straight out of a stream that crossed the trail. Giardia, where is thy sting?

Lots of other folks on the trail as well made for a busy but interesting hike.  The leader's whining about his strained calf muscle provided a welcome excuse to skip the ascent of Gray Butte.  The official rationalization was that the extensive smoke cover in the area - below hiking altitude, of course - would have obscured the glorious view that normally draws us to the summit of this peak.

Ashland Hiking Home

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