Squaw Peak 11-18-15

We had a nine-man testosterone fueled assault on Squaw Peak today. The hike started off in the clouds which quickly cleared as we made our way up and we had scattered to full sunshine the rest of the day. The temperatures remained in the 40s, but hiking was comfortable and lunch at the lookout in full sun was quite restful (at least until Hank started stirring). There were a few spots of light snow in the shady areas but otherwise the trail and road were clear and dry.

On the way up we could see a brightly snow covered peak and wondered if it was our destination or not. Turned out to be Dutchman Peak, 6+ miles away. Squaw peak was snow free.

We observed an interesting phenomenon at lunch today. The valley to the south of us (Squaw Valley?) was sunny and clear but the Applegate Valley to the north of us was cloudy. The clouds would drift up the ridge behind us but would dissipate at the ridge top and not drift over the top of the ridge. We of course chose to sit on the sunny side.

There was some low level whining that the hike description understated the climbing required for this hike. We have remedied this by bumping the number from 1,800' of up to 2,500' which more closely reflects the climbing numbers of several devices on the hike.

We refreshed ourselves at Boomtown on the way home.

Ashland Hiking Home

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