Cook and Green Pass to Towhead Lake 10-3-18

Photos by Dan, Keeley and Nanci

Eleven of us wanted to get outdoors and breath some mountain fresh air.  We headed to hike in the Red Buttes under a 50% chance of rain, mid 50 degree weather and clouds.  As we headed up through the forest, the clouds seemed to be closing in on us.  However as we emerged from the forest, the clouds started to lift a bit and we got our first glimpse of Red Butte in the clouds.  The area experienced a large fire last year, so there was much destruction everywhere.  As we have learned over the years, there were green trees, then burned trees, then trees completely gone, including their roots structure – all in the same general area.  Of interest, the ground vegetation was coming back faster than in other places we have seen. 

As we reached the ridge, the clouds provided an almost magical show - allowing spots of sun to light up the rocks and peaks around us.  Some of us headed down to Towhead Lake for lunch, knowing that the Prime Directive (no uphill after lunch) would be violated, but off we went.  The extra hiking was worth it.  The views were a perfect backdrop for lunch.

On the way back to the cars we passed a lone PCT hiker who had been hiking for 5 1/2months.  He started in Mexico and hiked to Tahoe.  Then he started in Canada and was working his way back to Tahoe.  Interesting way of dealing with the smoke and fires.  Refreshments were taken at Boomtown to celebrate a great hike. 

Keeley

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