Donomore Meadows to Dutchman Peak 8-2-17

Photos by Francie and Keeley

Eight hikers set out on what was expected to be a hot day to conquer Dutchman's Peak. We began at 9:40 in 74 degree weather and headed up through the forest.  As we encountered meadows along the way, there were flowers everywhere.  It turned out to be an incredible flower hike, even though it was August 2nd.  We saw Indian paintbrush, columbine, coral root, yarrow, buckwheat (with yellow, orange and red flowers) and lupine.  As one hiker said - there was a bouquet of flowers out today. 

We ran into 3 PCT through hikers, this time, which seems very low for this time of the year.  There were also 8 fire fighters on the ridge, taking a break and having a snowball fight.  When we arrived at the fire lookout, we were greeted by a ranger, who was on the lookout for fires.  He said that they try to keep the post occupied 60% of the time during fire season. It was 83 degrees in the shade on top and low to mid 90's in the sun.

Lunch was taken on the shady side of the lookout tower, with the escape from the sun welcomed.  During our lunch break, we saw many (think 100 or so) butterflies and dragonflies dancing to their own tune, including three types of tiger swallowtails.  We could see Pilot Rock, Mt. Ashland, Wagner Butte, but no Mt. Shasta.

We descended back to the cars and were glad the last half of the return hike was in the forest.  John brought cold water for the end of our hike, which was very much appreciated.  Refreshments were taken at the Boomtown Cafe and everyone was appreciative of the air conditioned environment.

Keeley

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