East Applegate Ridge 5-14-21

Photos by Kay

Thirteen of us enjoyed a perfect-weather day on the East Applegate Trail for a 5.5-mile RT hike to the high point where we took a spur into the forest for lunch. During lunchtime, Elisabeth read a recent poem: “Spring” by Alexander McCall Smith. It’s a fun piece on this springtime, finding ourselves tip-toeing our way out of COVID hibernation.

The highlight of the day’s journey was a mid-morning rendezvous with John’s group passing us at the bench overlooking the mountain range. They paused so the two groups visited. John surprised Elisabeth with the “muddy boot award” for persisting in starting this new group, with Kay as co-leader. Thankfully, the award turned out to be a bottle of cabernet and not a muddy boot (from a spring trek on Grizzly Peak Trail).

The hike delivered the magnificent views of so many peaks of the Klamath Range, as well as a plentiful show of many wildflower varieties.

Ashland Hiking Home

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