Pristine snow, sunny skies - snowshoe heaven. Except for a few blisters, and all uphill after lunch, it was a great day.Click for more pictures >
The trail from Sky Lakes to Cold Spring trailhead has so many pristine lakes it was hard to keep track of them all. What a beautiful fall day! Cold, but sunny, we hiked through snowfields and frozen mini-lakes (ultra big puddles that filled the trail on occasion). We've had an unusually wet October; this is the first time we've seen snow this early in the high country.Click for more pictures >
We hiked to several lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness at the height of huckleberry season. They are tiny, but this year oh so delicious. You won't get enough to make even a huckleberry pancake but they make for wonderful snack breaks on the trail. We had lunch at Red Lake sitting right on the shore and then after our 7.5 mile hike scrambling over lots of deadfall we ended up at Lake of the Woods for an early dinner on their deck. Beautiful autumn in the mountains near Ashland, OR.
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What a glorious day of hiking. Nine easy miles around a couple of pristine mountain lakes with beautiful Mt. McLaughlin in the background. It's distressing that we haven't had much snow this year - but hard not to like these sunny, clear days.Click for more pictures >
We joined our hiking group on a trip to N. CA's Castle Crags, just south of Mt. Shasta City. Even though it is mid February, it might as well have been June. We shed our light jackets early and enjoyed the sun and clear blue skies. The hike took us over at least 5 running streams and up 2400 feet. We have been awe struck by the views of Castle Crags on our many trips back from S. CA along I-5 and wanted to hike in the area. This was our chance and it couldn't have been a nicer day.Click for more pictures >