Big Red 7-19-17

Photos by Dan, Nanci and Keeley

Six hikers set out for a wonderful hike to the top of Big Red. It was 60o at the start and the weather was perfect. As we headed up the trail, there were a few flowers, but as we gained elevation, there were more and more flowers. The bear grass at the beginning had reached the end of its blooming season, but as we crossed 6,400 feet and above, it was in full bloom, with some just sending up their stalk for flowers. It was very spectacular to hike through the areas with bear grass in full bloom.

Other flowers included columbine, indian paintbrush and yellow arnica flowers. We saw 3 PCT hikers and all had started in Northern California, skipping the high Sierras. The group took a left turn a bit early this year, so we ended up bushwhacking our way to the top, which we actually passed and had lunch a bit further down the ridge. The view from the top of Big Red included McDonald Peak, Mt. Eddy, Black Butte, Mt. Shasta, Pilot Rock, Mt. Ashland, Mt. McLoughlin, Brown Mountain, Aspen Butte and Wagner Butte.

After a long and relaxing lunch, we headed back down through the trees and enjoyed refreshments in Talent at the Pump House Burgers and Brews. The beer and atmosphere were good, but the fries were marginal. This will clearly be the easiest hike of the year, but we all had a good time.

Keeley

 

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