Green Springs Summit to Little Hyatt Lake 7-20-20

Photos by Rich and Sunny

A grass fire on Dead Indian Memorial Road caused us to go to Plan B for our Monday hike. A 60 acre grass fire resulted in a Nixle alert that DIM Road was closed, so for the first time this fire season we switched to a Plan B hike.

A group of eight gathered at 8 AM in hopes of beating some of the triple digit predicted heat in the valley. Upon arriving they learned that Grizzly Peak was canceled and that we were heading up to Greensprings Summit.

There are many ways to hike between Little Hyatt Lake and Greensprings Summit. Using a shuttle car was rejected due to COVID protocol, and a shorter loop starting at the Greensprings Mountain Loop was also tabled. So we settled on the big loop from Greensprings Summit parking to Little Hyatt and back, which turned out to be what formerly was called a "Wednesday hike" of 11+ miles.

Heading out to the lake, we stopped occasionally to view late season flowers and were thankful for stretches of shaded forests. We met six women on horseback along the way going and coming back. And a through hiker who seemed to have a parasol permanently affixed to her head.

After three hours on the trail we finally arrived at Little Hyatt for lunch and to cool off in the shade. Several families were enjoying the water as were 4 American Dippers in the rushing creek.

We set a quicker pace heading back in an attempt to beat the afternoon heat. We shortened our route whenever possible with some of us taking a right off the PCT and walking the last mile down the Old Hyatt Prairie Road to our parked cars.

I congratulate all our hikers who completed the long loop through the wilting heat. You are all Real Hikers.

Four of use paused for refreshments at the old Greensprings Inn, now renamed "Coco Rico."

Next Monday we'll try Plan A again, Grizzly Peak then onto Lost Creek Falls for lunch.

Cheers, Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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