Soda Mountain and Hobart Bluff 7-15-19

Photos by Bob

Our departure time was late at 9:30 AM but with ten minutes to go, we were only 5 or 6. Then the flood gates opened. A hardy group of 18 headed for the TH in perfect weather. 

There were lots of flowers around the PCT but our botanists exercised restraint, perhaps in fear of being trampled by the horde of fellow hikers. Along the trail we met a PCT hiker and I asked him where he was from. Quebec he said. "Mois aussi!" I replied. Imagine meeting a fellow Quebecer on the way to Little Pilot Peak. The meeting proved even more interesting when he explained that he had done the Sierras in the snow. He said he had crossed several water obstacles on ice bridges but that one water crossing had turned out to be dangerous. He was headed for Fish Lake Resort. Seemed like a very nice chap.

The forest was at its best and the views from the Peak were excellent. Shasta was very clear. Not a challenging hike but good fun and there was lots of conversation behind me. 

After the hike, a group of 14 dropped by Caldera for refreshments. They took excellent care of us as usual, at our usual table. 

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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