Pilot Rock to Porcupine Gap 6-15-15

It was freeway rush hour on the PCT today.  Large and small groups on the way to summit Pilot Rock, one large group eating lunch, couples out for a stroll in nature, various backpackers, and two runners.  We had never experienced such a crowded trail in our area, and on a Monday to boot.  Except for the backpackers, most of the activity occurred in the vicinity of Pilot Rock itself, so we did have the trail pretty much to ourselves during most of the hike. 

We started at Pilot Rock and hiked to Porrcupine Gap, then retraced our steps about one mile to eat lunch at Babbitt Gap and take in the splendid view of Mt Shasta and Mt Eddy. Babbit Gap is informally named after President Clinton's secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, to honor his support for establishing the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  Local supporters of the monument brought Babbitt to this spot so that he could enjoy the view.  Unfortunately, when they got there the area to the south was shrouded in clouds.  Nevertheless, Babbitt graciously stated that he was sure that the view would have been wonderful if only he could have seen it.


A breeze in the open areas made for a pleasantly cool hike.  The more socially-inclined occupants of one of the two vehicles enjoyed refreshments at the Caldera Brewery.

Ashland Hiking Home

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