Squaw Peak 12-31-14

Photos by Bob and Dan

We had a little excitement on the way to the TH today. Bob's two wheel drive truck hit a light dusting of snow on the road about 1/2 way up from the Squaw Creek Turn to the TH and failed to proceed as they say in the Rolls Royce commercials. After waiting a bit at the TH, Margita drove back down and picked up Bob and Bev.

It was a gorgeous day in the Applegate. When we arrived at the TH the temperature was a chilly 23oF so we all put on our heavier gear. That didn't last long, however. With no wind, full sun and an uphill climb we were soon down to base layers with vests or light jackets.

The Little Grayback trail had 1" to 2" of snow in shady places along with mud or dry ground where it had been exposed to the sun. The road up to the Squaw Peak lookout had a solid 3" to 4" of snow and was mainly in the shade. Not much snow to be seen on the nearby Red Buttes.

We enjoyed a 45 minute Annie lunch as we lounged in the full sun and light wind at the lookout. Bob pointed out that it felt even warmer because of the reflection from the aluminum shutters.

We took refreshment at the Ruch Cafe which has expanded the bar area and has now become quite the local hangout.

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