Gumboot Saddle to Boulder Peak 10-5-16

Photos by Dan, Jim and Keeley

Our hike started out in the mid 40 degree weather and we did see some small patches of snow along the trail.  The partly cloudy skies were perfect for today’s hike.  Views were outstanding in all directions for the entire hike. 

We did summit Boulder Peak this time, largely due to Sabin’s desire to make it to the top and Jim’s excellent leading up the last pitch of brush/rocks.  We had views of Mt. Shasta, the Castle Crags and Clair Engle Lake (near and almost as big as Shasta Lake).  Some of us thought it might be Shasta Reservoir, but Dan, using his special software, determined it was not. 

This hike really made it clear why we like to hike.  Being outdoors, the social interactions and incredible views from being on top of the world, all makes us smile.  Plus, for some of us, we even get extra credit for the beer and fries at the end. 

Driving down from the trailhead after the hike we stopped to allow two bear cubs to bound across the road lickety-split.  We waited to see if mom was following but she was evidently in the lead. Refreshments were taken on the Shasta Lodge deck with views of Mt. Shasta and the Crags. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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