Big Red 6-10-19

Phtos by Darryl, Denise, Jerry and Patricia - Track by Jerry

Twelve hikers prepared to beat the Ashland heat by gathering at the Rite Aid parking lot. We were heading up to Big Red Mountain where the temps would be 20 degrees cooler than in town. Along the way we picked Mary Ellen at her ranch on Wagner Creek Road and we became a baker's dozen hikers.

We made it through the dust and potholes to Siskiyou Gap where skies were clear and parking adequate. As we off loaded along came a through hiker who had started his day at the Grouse Gap Shelter. He was in a group with two other guys and on our way back we met two young lady PCT hikers. Seems snow in the Sierras is causing a bypass that's getting through hikers up here sooner than usual.

We had mild temps all day on the trail and did most of our up hill at the beginning of the hike. We passed through forests and open rocky paths along the side of the mountain. As we gained elevation we gained bigger and bigger patches of snow. And more and more snow on the trail. Until with the summit in sight we came to a huge snow patch covering at least 200 yards of the trail.

We decided not to continue on the trail and started looking for another way up the mountain. After a couple of attempts that proved too steep we back tracked to the forest where the ridge came down to meet the trail. We hiked up through the forested ridge and had lunch on the first summit that we came to. We had great views of Mt. McLoughlin, Shasta, Black Butte, Mt Eddy and the Trinity Alps and Greyback Mountain. As well as Mt Ashland, Wagner Butte and Dutchman's Peak.

While on top and along the trail we had views of these wildflowers: Mission Bells, Glacier Lillies, Buttercups, Sedem, Anemone and Bear Grass (not blooming yet).

We had a great day of hiking, views, and beating the heat! Afterwards some of us met John at the Pump House in Talent and heard about his recent trip to London, Scotland and Paris.

Rich

Track download: Big Red Mountain 6-10-19.gpx

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