PCT - Etna Summit to Taylor Lake Overlook 7-3-19

Photos by Barry M., Denise and Keeley

The hiking conditions were perfect.  The sky was blue with a few puffy clouds, while the temperature would be in the low 60’s all day.  As we started our hike, we passed several PCT hikers (eventually we saw 8) and the trail was in excellent condition. 

The views were amazing along the way until we got to around 7,100 feet elevation, when snow appeared.  However, since the PCT hikers seemed to be doing fine going north, I thought all would be fine.  Oh how wrong I was.  I thought if we stuck to the rocks (off the snow) and kept going up, we would find where the PCT hikers crossed the snow, but we never did.  We tried to cross a steep snow hillside, but after a bit of effort, we decided, thanks to the wise suggestion from Liz, to find a nice place for lunch and call it a day. 

The flowers along the trail were good and diverse.  As usual, we had our in-house experts on flowers who were excellent in educating us about them. The views from lunch were good, but not as specular compared with the full hike if we could have completed it as planned, but ... 

Some of us took an extra credit hike through a boulder field to get a good view of Taylor Lake.  In the process, one of the hikers had a boulder slide down on their foot to the point we had to take the foot out of the shoe, then wiggle the shoe out of it’s wedged position. 

We also learned about bird calls from another in house expert, so all in all, it was a great day to be out hiking. 

Finally, after all this excitement, we headed back down to the cars and off to the Yreka Roadhouse Cafe for refreshments.

Keeley

Track download: Taylor Lake Overlook 7-3-19.gpx

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