PCT - Cement Bluff and Cement Lake - Trinity Divide 9-26-18

Photos by Dan, Francie and Keeley

Eight of us headed south to try out a new hike.  The weather was perfect and the air clear.  We started the hike in the mid 60-degree weather and headed north on a new part of the PCT for us.  The trail is relatively flat and the local scenery changed from rocky terrane to light forest.  As we headed north, we saw a big brown cloud rising in the west, which turned out to be a recent flareup of the Delta Fire.  We even saw a DC-10 tanker heading over to the fire around lunch time, which was flying very low for that big of a plane.

There was much chatter with the two Dolomites hikers to learn as much as possible about their experiences, which sounded incredible.  We made it to Cement Bluff and enjoyed the views, then 4 of us decided to hike down to Bluff Lake for a closer look and lunch.  It was a steep scurry down the slope, but very peaceful when we finally got to the lake.  The remaining 4 looked so small on the top of Cement Bluff from below - check out the photos.  We all headed back to the trailhead, taking different paths (Lake vs Bluff hikers), but all made it back successfully.  It was in the high 70’s by the time we got to the cars. 

Some of us took refreshments at Jefferson’s Roadhouse in Yreka.  It was a good day for hiking.

Keeley

Track download: Cement Bluff and Bluff Lake Trail 9-26-18.gpx

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