Pilot Rock Road to Babbitt Gap 6-10-22

Photos by Tysen and Kay

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On a perfect day for hiking with partially sunny sky and 70-degree temperatures, nine of us including two new hikers headed out to the Pilot Rock viewpoint.  We drove up I-5, taking exit #6 onto old Highway 99 south for 2.3 miles, going left on Pilot Rock Road for 1 mile to the PCT crossing near the gate. 

We headed out on the PCT towards Pilot Rock.  This was a melodious hike with lazuli buntings singing all along the trail accompanied by some warblers.  Diverse wildflowers were everywhere – we lost count after 30.  After hiking along a ridge and through forested areas, we continued along the PCT to the viewpoint for Pilot Rock.  Everyone took a rock seat to view Pilot Rock and Mount Shasta in the distance.  Returning we found even more wildflower species.  All agreed it was a great day to savor the views, fresh breeze, and comradeship with fellow hikers.  Distance 5.5 miles with an elevation gain or about 950 ft.