PCT - Ski Road to Old 99 8-26-19

Photos by Bob

Seventeen hikers had the perfect answer for escaping Ashland's 96 degree heat. A drive up the Mt. Ashland Ski Road yielded mild 70 degree temps. After greeting and chatting with returning friends, we headed down the mostly shaded PCT trail. Along the way we encountered some new dead fall and great views of Mt. Shasta, the Colestin valley with the cooper roofed Zen Temple and Pilot Rock.

We stopped for lunch around noon in a shaded part of the trail. A through hiker with a long red bread came by on his way to Calahan's. After lunch Theo's chocolate was passed around to everyone who had a craving.

I shared my limited wild flower knowledge with Ranger Liz who recently returned from hiking in the Swiss Alps. She had told me back in January that the Snow Queen flower is an early sign of Spring, and Darryl's wife Alice told me that the Gentian flowers that we saw last Monday on Big Red Mountain are an early sign of Autumn. How about that...book end flowers!

Ten of us enjoyed refreshments at Caldera.

Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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