Sterling Mine Ditch - Armstrong Gulch Out and Back 4-4-16

Beginning of hike thru the woods was somewhat on the cool side, but we quickly warmed up once we got into the sunshine.  Lots of flowers in bloom, and an abundance of poison oak in leaf--very pretty brownish-red color. 

On the way in someone wanted to know the names of three peaks on the other side of the valley, so the leader helpfully titled them "Three Peaks".  However, coming back we realized that what we had assumed was a vandalized sign with only partially rusted metal backing still standing, was, in fact, a new metal sign with clouds inscribed on its upper part and the silhouette of the opposite ridge, with names of peaks, on its lower half.  So, the former Three Peaks turned out to be Burton Butte, Mount Baldy, and Negro Ben Mountain.  It is quite amazing that the last name has so far managed to resist retitling by the proponents of political correctness.

Also on the way back, one member of the group executed a rather painful face plant.  Patch up of injuries on the face and heavily impacted wrist was performed by a former military medic with the assistance of a former nurse who provided helpful hints while she looked on.  It pays to have people with the right skills in the group. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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