Charlie Buck to Baldy Peak 4-12-17

Pics by Dan, Francie, John and Keeley

We started out the day heading to Collings Mountain, but along the way, we decided to hike to the top of Baldy Peak, using the new Charlie Buck route recently announced by the USFS. The name Charlie Buck comes from a settler around the 1900s named Charles Buck. The Buck family owned several properties along the Applegate River in the vicinity of McKee Bridge.

The weather was predicting rain, but we escaped the wrath of Mother Nature (YEA!). The hike was very steep (over 1,800 feet vertical) but only 2.2 miles to the top. The wind picked up as we headed to the top and combined with mid 50’s degree weather, we thought lunch would be very short. However, the wind did not find us on top of Baldy, so we had a very relaxing break. After lunch, we headed down for refreshments at The Granite Taphouse.

While on top of Baldy Peak, there was a motion made to promote Francie to Assistant Social Chairman and Communication Director. The vote was unanimous. So congratulations to Francie. In her new position, she was on top of the breaking story of two police helicopters that we spotted flying very low over Bear Creek near Ashland, in search of a missing person. Such excitement all in one day.

All hikers enjoyed the day, despite the steepness of the hike.

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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