PCT - Gumboot Saddle to Porcupine Lake 9-20-17

Photos by Dan and Keeley

Six of us drove to Northern California to complete a new hike in the Trinity Mountains.  The storm clouds were circling as we drove up the road to the trailhead, with sporadic rain drops in route.  We headed up the trail, where the views of Mt. Shasta were completely blocked by dark clouds for the first part of the hike.  However, as we progressed and the clouds moved around, there were large sections that opened up, creating very clear views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 

Along the trail, we saw 4 large glades of Pitcher Plants or Darlingtonia Californica technically (they eat insects).  This was the most I have every seen anywhere - very exciting.  We also saw several lakes on the way to our final destination.  Porcupine Lake was spectacular, nestled in a cirque, with rock walls on 3 sides.  We had a nice lunch at a cleared camp site, while the sun blessed us with it’s presence part of the time. 

As we headed back down to our cars, the wind picked up and blew most of the clouds away.  The trail is positioned just below the ridge, so the wind was more overhead than in our faces.  We ended up with mostly clear blue skies for completing our hike out and saw the bottom half of Mt. Shasta.  The group took refreshments at the Mt. Shasta Lodge - outside, which was a spectacular setting for a great ending of a terrific hike.  This is a keeper, so thanks to Jan Schrag for recommending it.  

Keeley

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