PCT - Cook & Green Pass to Towhead Lake 7-5-17

Photos by Dan and Keeley

Seven of us started this hike under clear skies.  The 10 mile drive on the dirt road sure seemed long this time.  We met 2 “PCT hikers” at the trail head from Switzerland.  They had started in Mexico, skipped the snowy Sierra Mountains and were now heading to Canada.  At about the 1/2 mile mark we saw Mt. Eddy and Mt. Shasta.  The views on this hike started out good and continued to improve all the way to our lunch spot.  We saw some bear grass in bloom, Indian paint brush and columbine flowers among many others.  Our first snow was at 5,800 feet, but it was just in patches, all off trail. 

As we approached Lilly Pad Lake we heard the frogs and enjoyed the views.  At this point, the group decided we would go over the top of the ridge (where we normally have lunch) and hike down to Towhead Lake, a roughly 500 foot drop down into a gorgeous canyon with two small lakes at the end.  This was Jim W’s and Ryk T’s idea and it turned out to be a keeper.  There were waterfalls to be seen along the trail, along with many rock cliff formations.  We had a very relaxing lunch and then headed back up the canyon and down the other side.  Although we decided to head down the road for an easier hike to the car, it turned out to be more work than expected, so we decided to take the trail back next time. 

Refreshments were taken at the Boomtown Cafe. We all agreed this was an outstanding hike for our portfolio.

Keeley

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