Pilot Rock 6-14-17

14 hikers set off to conquer Pilot Rock this AM and 4 actually made it all the way to the top.  The weather was perfect and the flowers were out in many places.  At about mile 1, we found some campers who had spent the night along the trail.  My guess is they were PCT hikers, but they were too far from the trail to engage in a conversation.  The trail has a lot of vegetation that is trying to reclaim the path.  We saw Royal Jacob Ladder flowers from the beginning to the end of the hike.  Very nice carpet of them in many places.  Others included columbine and golden iris flowers, plus a lot of thimble berry plants.  Sherry saw a 12 to 14 inch snake along the trail and some bear scat, but no bears this time.

We did encounter 3 PCT hikers who must have started after the snowpack in California, or at least skipped that section.  All seemed in excellent shape, which indicated to us they had not been hiking for 3 months, the time needed to get to Oregon from Mexico.  We all had lunch at the base of Pilot Rock and 4 of us decided to hike to the top.  The 360 degree view were magnificent on top, with good views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. McLoughlin.

Refreshments were taken at the Caldera Brewing Company. 

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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