Grouse Gap to Siskiyou Peak 9-5-14

Sunny, clear, cool weather today.  However, the air was not so clear farther south.  We could make out three distinct smoke plumes as we walked towards Siskiyou Peak.  Two of them show clearly on the photo titled Smoke plume 1.  As we were eating lunch, a fourth smoke plume appeared.  These plumes were probably all part of the so-called Happy Camp Complex. 

On the way up to the peak, Lynn performed a great public service by cutting thru the rusty barbed wire that lay across the informal trail and, with Darryl's help, removing it and the attached wooden posts from the trail.  It had probably lain there for some 50, maybe 100 years. 

When we looked behind us on the way back, we saw a much more massive smoke plume rising into the sky (Smoke plume 2).  Another photo taken some 5 minutes later (Smoke plume 3) shows it spread out across the sky thanks to high-altitude wind.  We could not tell if one of the fires responsible for the earlier plumes had suddenly flared up or if this was the result of a new fire.

Large amounts of sulfur buckwheat and goldenbush provided early fall color along the trail.

Alex

Ashland Hiking Home

Fall color.jpg
Fall color.jpg
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Goldenbush.jpg
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Group.jpg
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Homeward bound.jpg
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Hoodie weather.jpg
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Lunch chat.jpg
Siskiyou Peak.jpg
Siskiyou Peak.jpg
Smoke plume 1.jpg
Smoke plume 1.jpg
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Smoke plume 2.jpg
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Smoke plume 3.jpg
Sulfur buckwheat 1.jpg
Sulfur buckwheat 1.jpg
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Sulfur buckwheat 2.jpg
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Trail maintenance.jpg