Donomore Meadows to Dutchman Peak 10-14-15

Photos by Bev, Dan and Francie

The drive to the trailhead was uneventful although FS 20 has become quite washboarded. The day turned out to be a great hiking day with temperatures climbing from the 60s into the mid-70s with very clear skies. We had this hike on the schedule twice last summer but had to cancel it both times because of smoke from the forest fires. Today was definitely smoke free.

Upon arrival at the trailhead five of us decided to add a spontaneous short trip down to the Oregon / California border at the PCT crossing before returning to join the rest of the group for the scheduled hike. The trail box at the border was jam packed with notebooks filled with comments from this season's thru hikers.

We enjoyed lunch at the Dutchman Peak lookout with views from Shasta to Thielsen. After lunch we returned via the road and then dropped down to the PCT via a short bushwhack and then back to the cars, pausing only for a brief encounter with a herd of elk crossing the trail.

Refreshment was taken at Boomtown in Jacksonville which was quite busy for a Wednesday afternoon.

Ashland Hiking Home

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