Sterling Mine Ditch - South from Armstrong Gulch 1-28-22

Seventeen of us enjoyed a magnificent sunny day. We climbed the switchbacks of the spur trail at the Armstrong Gulch TH to intersect with the Sterling Mine Ditch trail, and headed south (right).

We enjoyed noticing the progression of areas in which certain species of trees dominated - maple and oak, madrone and manzanita, and pines. Through the trees and in areas wide open, we relished the views across to the western Klamath mountain range. Thanks to a metal sign posted near the trail, we were able to identify the peaks in view, with Greyback at our far left.

We hiked almost 3 miles in to discover a rare section of flat, wooded land off the otherwise narrow trail. Rather than walk further and end up sitting on the trail for lunch, we stopped and spread out on this lovely wooded outcropping to enjoy our lunches and views to the southwest. Clustered about in groups, hikers were able to get acquainted with the new arrivals to our hiking group. Richard showcased his new hiker’s seat—an expandable/retractable stool of sorts. He perched proudly on his new toy.

We returned the same way, having covered 5 1/2 miles and modest elevation gain of just 200’.

Elisabeth

Ashland Hiking Home

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