Porcupine Mountain 1-21-15

Photos by Bev, Dan and John

Given our lack of snow we headed up to the PCT today instead of to the previously scheduled Pederson Nordic Trail snowshoe. Although we didn't have any snow, we enjoyed plenty of sunshine under high haze with temperatures in the low 40s.

Climbing up from the TH we found icy spots in the shade and dry or muddy spots where the trail was in the sun. Not much snow on Mt. Ashland although McLaughlin and Shasta glistened in the sun.

At Porcupine Gap we found what we believe to be is Big Foot's personal toilet. Bob made the serendipitous discovery when he stepped behind a tree for a bio-break. We haven't notified the authorities yet.

The road up from Porcupine Gap has evidently been decommissioned. Large rocks, a huge stump, a downed tree and a dirt berm now block the old road.

As we headed towards the summit the wind picked up so we found a spot on the lee side of the rocky top for a Judy lunch (start time 11:13).

We came back via the road and stopped at Callahan's for refreshment.

Ashland Hiking Home

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