Roxy Ann 9-18-19

Oh to go hiking in the sun, then have your spirits doused with rain.  Seven of us headed north to Medford for a nice morning hike up Roxy Ann.  The road to the trailhead, as well as some of the existing trail has received a nice upgrade, the road being paved and nice decomposed granite on part of the trail. 

However, about halfway up the trail we encountered the kind of sticky clay that does not want to let go of your boots.  What an interesting experience hiking with 5 pound boots.  We tried at times to dislodge the mud, but were only partially successful.  However, after a few more steps, the clay was glued back on the bottom of our shoes. 

There were some good moments on the hike.  The rain did not arrive until after we had reached to top and wondered around observing an incredibly clear view of the Rogue Valley in all its glory.  The poison oak was showing well with dark red leaves tell all that fall is coming. 

We decided to take the road back down to the cars to get most of the mud off our boots.  As we headed down it began to drizzle, then rain, then back to no rain.  It was great to get out with friends and be outdoors hiking.  However, as one person said - “no amount of lipstick will make this pig pretty.”  We did have a good time and some of us went to Kaleidoscope in Medford for lunch. 

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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