Big Red 6-28-21

Photos by Bev, Linda and Randy

With an historic heat wave in the Rogue Valley brought to you by climate change deniers, we chose a local hike to Big Red Mountain which featured cooling breezes and lots of Bear Grass.

Darryl and I had an early 8:30 start at Rite Aid and met 4 more at the Siskiyou Gap TH. It was 75 degrees at 9:30 with a 10-15 mph wind from the south. A group of about 8 birders were also at the TH and they started up the PCT ahead of us. But when they stopped on the trail to bird watch we passed them and didn't see them the rest of the day. We also exchanged greetings with a couple of through hikers.

This section of the PCT starts at 5,800' and three miles up we turn off and up to the 7,044' summit. On this day, Randy suggested we check out a mountain lake he had found on his Garmin a little ways up past the summit turnoff. We came to a viewpoint where we could look down on the lake and a nearby pond.

It seemed Randy headed straight up from the viewpoint and the rest of us went back down the trail then up to our lunch spot. We had views all around at surrounding peaks, but the south wind was also blowing in smoke from California wildfires.

After lunch, chocolate and a lounging group shot we decided to lead the group down the Big Red Mountain ridge and into the forest which connects again to the PCT.

The cooling breeze was refreshing during the hike and our photographers took lots of brilliant nature shots. Including the Western Tanager on a treetop, and many wildflowers: scarlet Gilia, St. John's Wort, Mariposa Lily, Fleabane, and fields of rising Bear Grass to name a few.

Next week we'll hike to Azalea Lake...Sunny and 78. Leave Rite Aid at 8:30.

Your hiking friend,
Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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