Gumboot Saddle to Devil's Crest 8-7-17

Photos by Bob and Denise

We feared the worst as to smoke and weather but arrived at the trailhead in the sunshine. The nine of us trekked to where the PCT veers to the left and continued straight on to Devil's Crest. Nothing had changed since last year but we were careful to mark the place where we needed to descend to a trail along a steep hill on the way back. The hike along the saddle has many ragged rock formations and views of lakes below.

This was the first time there for everyone but yours truly and the hikers were amazed with the stunning views, both along the way and at Devil's Crest. The only annoying part of the hike is in making your way through a maze of gorse near the far end of the hike, but that was a minor problem in comparison with the views to be enjoyed. 

Devil's Crest was brilliant in the sun with the lake far below. I was tempted to try my famous triple pike with a half gainer into the lake but thought better of it. It would more likely have produced a resounding splat than a splash. 

I managed to take a tumble in the gorse but was rescued by my crew in short order with nothing but lost pride. Another hiker had a bad scratch but soldiered bravely on. 

The weather started to look nasty far to the west so we motored back in good time. In all we did 8.6 miles and 1800 feet vertical. The tired bunch of us headed for the Mount Shasta Brewery in Weed for chips and salsa and some very good beer which we felt we had earned. 

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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