Big Red Mountain - August 9, 2019

Photos by Daniel C.

Despite a Red Flag warning six of us braved an 8 mile hike on Big Red Mountain. Being a new hike leader I really didn’t know how to respond to the Red Flag warning, even after looking it up. I mean do people still hike in the forest when we get this type of warning? There was stuff about getting clear of a fire and I was freaking out about where to hike or even if to hike when I thought I should email the wise and experienced leaders of the Ashland Hiking Group.

I am very grateful to Dan and Keeley for responding that night with the calm suggestion that we do the hike with an eye towards the sky scanning for thunderclouds. The sky was clear when we started the hike at about 9:30. Later the cloud cover keep us cool and we got a few drops of rain at the very end of the hike.

Overall, the hike was amazing and beautiful. We parked about two miles before the Big Red Mountain parking to spare our cars and take in another part of the PCT. We saw Mt. Shasta from that part of the trail and Wagner Butte among others from the Big Red Mountain trail. We had a snack at the large viewpoint about 4 miles into the hike. Daniel was inspired to name it Roundabout View Point. We stopped for our 2nd snack or lunch among the trees on the lower part of the hike.

We practiced staying focused on the beauty surrounding us by quietly observing what we could see, hear, touch, and smell.  Lucy came up with a flower pine cone and a large edible mushroom. We also met quite a few PCT through hikers which is always a delightful extra.
The pictures were taken by Daniel.

Respectfully, Judy

Ashland Hiking Home

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