PCT - Summit Sno-Park South to High Point 10-23-20

Phtos by Kay

It was a brilliant, sunny Fall day. We parked at the Summit Sno-Park between mileposts 32 and 33 on Highway 140. Four of us, Elisabeth, Lisa, Cindy and Kay, walked on a short trail along the dry Cascade Canal, across the bridge, to the PCT. We walked south, crossing Highway 140 to the intersection with the High Lakes Trail. We continued south up the PCT through mounds and mounds of black lava rocks.

The four of us enjoyed diverse views across the lava flow through the Douglas fir trees. Much work was done to build this part of the PCT by breaking up the boulders and laying crushed red cinders on the trail. We found the trail clear and well maintained.

As we hiked up the gradual trail good views of Mt. McLoughlin started to appear. We kept hiking to the high point of the PCT trail for lunch, and then turned back downhill. It was a longer 9-mile hike than usual. However, this unique lava-flow hike on a sunny, crisp Fall day is special.

Kay

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