PCT Down Mt. Ashland - Ski Road to Old 99 9-25-17

Photos by Bob

A beautiful smoke free day greeted 16 hikers ready to enjoy a new hike down Mt Ashland on the PCT. Temperatures were mild in the 60s and the mood was high as we set out down the mountain. A shuttle car was left at the base of the mountain 0.8 of a mile off the Mt Ashland exit. The remaining three cars drove just past the seven mile marker up the sky resort road. We found the trail gentle, mostly down hill and shaded by the forest.

We stopped occasionally to take in the views of Mt Shasta and Pilot Rock and Colestin Valley. We also took breaks for water and to remove wraps from those who expected cooler temps. We finally stopped for lunch on the third time suggestion to the hike leader (who always tries to be responsive to the group). Rations of chocolate were handed out after lunch. Thanks to first time hiker Carl who brought some fine Trader Joe's Chocolate for the hike leader.

Thanks to Mick from the Pacific Crest Trail Association for taking our group picture so we could finally get Bob Palermini in the shot. After all the cars were retrieved three of the four cars went to Callahan's for refreshments on the deck. As we were leaving the local nanny goat jumped into the back of the BMW hatchback for a ride to Ashland. After a few nibbles on backpacks we convinced her to remain as greeter at Callahan's.

As some of you my know, our friend and fellow hiker, Bob Palermini is a professional photographer and a very good one. Recently I viewed many of his photos on his website at: Palermini.com. I'd like to encourage all of you to go to the site to enjoy the wide range of Bob's work. The guys may like his sports photography as I do, but all of us who have been out on the trail will certainly enjoy his section on Southern Oregon Wildflowers in the feature section.

happy trials,
Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

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