Toothpick and Gyre Loop 11-20-20

Photos by Kay

It was a cold foggy day in Ashland and did not seem like an ideal day for hiking. However, we emerged from fog into bright sun by driving just 3 miles up Tolman Creek Road to the Toothpick trailhead.

Keeping at least 6’ apart and with masks, seven of us set off on the Toothpick trail to Lamb Saddle through the thick Douglas firs. From Lamb Saddle we headed up the Caterpillar trail and then turned left onto the Lewis loop trail. At the Gyre loop sign we turned left and hiked up the Gyre loop ridge.

We enjoyed a sunny lunch at the high point sitting on big logs. We had great views of Mt Ashland from one side of the trail and Mt. McLaughlin from the other. The fog remained settled over Ashland in the valley below. Returning we completed the Gyre loop and hiked back on the Toothpick trail for a roundtrip 5 miles.

At this time we are stopping our small group Friday hikes during the current case surge and in respect of the Governor’s Pause order and our health care workers. In the meantime, we’ll be content with memories of the ferns still thriving in the mountain valleys and look forward to the promise of wildflowers and safer group hiking in the Spring.

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