Hike #1 – PCT, Cache 22 Trailhead
It was a frigid 13F degrees overnight. My all time low! Regardless I was up at dawn to catch first light and then warmed up with hot coffee and cereal. The few mile hike back to my car did little to warm me up but I was happy to celebrate the turning of the calendar doing what I love.
Date(s) Hiked: December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (no stats)
Hike #2 – McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, Falls Loop Trail
Date Hiked: January 1, 2019 (no stats)
Hike #3 – Sacramento River Bend Area, Yana Trailhead
Date Hiked: January 12, 2019
Hiked #4 – Lassen, Sulfur Works
Date Hiked: January 14, 2019
Hike #5 – Mt Shasta, Sand Flat Trailhead
Following a week of storms, I had to find some powder. I knew there was a risk of finding ice as the storm had included warming temperatures with rain. Forecasters dubbed the day, “blustery.” Well, I went prepared to stay in the trees and away from wind slab avalanche areas.
Date Hiked: January 21, 2019
Hike #6 – Castle Lake
Snow conditions were perfect for an ascent up Left Peak.
Date Hiked: January 23, 2019
Hike #7 – Lassen, Mill Creek Falls and Ridge Lakes
I’d been dreaming of seeing these falls in the winter for a few weeks. Well those dreams didn’t turn into reality on this day. You gotta pick your risks and this one wasn’t worth it to me. That’s about 7 feet of snow on the bridge and no alternate options to be found.
Date Hiked: January 25, 2019
To combat winter blues and maintain fitness, I set a goal for 2019 to be active outside a minimum of an hour 20 days per month. I’m happy to report I met that objective in January. Here are a few extra credit photos from my daily wanderings.
The local flora is primarily manzanita and oak; finding hearts is a reward.
The Carr Fire severely changed our landscape and available trails.
When all else seems wrong, this message in a neighbor’s front yard is right. It’s my mantra!