East Applegate Ridge - Up and Back from Highway 238 - 12/4/19

Photos by Linda, Barry H. and Barry M., Track by Barry H.

We had an energetic group of 12 to try an up and back from the Highway 238 TH. We turned off the road to the right of the entry before realizing the new and spacious parking lot is now open. Room for dozens of cars because it was built with horse trailers in mind. The weather was perfect for hiking and there were good views of mountains shrouded with fog at lower elevations. 

We split the group in 2, with the faster hikers challenged to go as far as they could in 2hours 15 minutes before turning around. At the end were those of us who desired a more relaxed pace. In between were a few who poked around doing this and that. The result was that most of the hikers reached the parking lot at the far end for lunch, doing 11 miles return. Those in the rear stopped at the 1 mile marker and did 9 miles return. 

We in the rear had just started lunch when Liz, Denise and Nanci appeared on their rehabilitation hike. It was great to see them and they joined us for most of the way as we returned to the ridge. 

Arriving back at the parking lot at 2 PM, I told Hank I expected the main body back at 2:30 PM with maybe someone arriving at 2:15PM. On cue Francie galloped down the hill at 2:15 and almost all the rest were in at 2:30. The 11 miles took them 4 hours 45 minutes, including lunch. 

All were in a joyous mood and most of us took refreshments at Boomtown. A very good day. 

John

Track download: East Applegate Ridge 12-4-19.gpx

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