CA – A Month of Seasons, Far NorCal Style (April 2022)

The month started with temperatures feeling more like summer, but thankfully Mother Nature decided to shake up the forecasters by sending us on a rollercoaster ride. From freeze and wind gust warnings, to low elevation snow, and finally to measurable rain.

When Whiskeytown National Recreation Area announced an April 1st opening of trails after a nearly 4-year closure, it was easy to wonder if this was an April Fool’s Day joke. But alas, it was true and I was first legal steps on the Papoose Trail. It was worth a dedicated post (link). A few days later my friend Rebecca and I took the main Boulder Creek Trail to Boulder Creek Falls. This view of the creek brings back memories of days before the 2018 Carr Fire.

The Park was a little tardy in removing their closure signs. The snowdrop bushes were loaded. Indian Rhubarb (top right) likes to grow in creeks, and I believe I initially learned about these beauties at Whiskeytown. Star Tulip and Hosackia stipularis var. ottleyi (bottom right).

I was ecstatic to join my friend Cathy for a jaunt in Trinity County where I was introduced to the Fritillaria purdyi lily. It’s a tiny little thing. My friend Bino Bob is about 1.25″ tall for reference.

I was treated to displays of Lemon Fawn Lilies and Lady Slipper Orchids, hidden in the leaf littered oak forests.

When the local forecast called for 90+ degree temperatures, I grabbed Poppy Pack and headed for higher ground. With no goal in mind except to turnaround at snowline. We found plentiful sights, smells and sounds of spring.

When I reached snowline, I was happy to soak in this grand view and dream of further exploration.

Home sweet home. Lulled to sleep by a nearby creek. Temp dropped to 44 my first night and 34 the second. I added this one pound tent to my quiver in 2021 (Zpacks Plexamid) and finally replaced my quilt with one from Enlightened Equipment (10 degree 950 fill). With my aging body I’m motivated to drop pack weight while maintaining safety and comfort.

Finding this display of Western Pasqueflowers was a highlight of this trip. I used this photo as a headline in my recent post about individual responsibility when it comes to caring for public lands (link).

This sunrise view was a reward for sore muscles after climbing 3,800 feet. My mantra was you need to do hard things if you want to do harder things.

One week later the trail was buried again (not my photo). I was giddy to delay spring!

Locally rain finally arrived! We are still far behind normal levels but more rain fell in April than in the previous three months combined.

When the storms cleared, I couldn’t resist a visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

I was ecstatic to find the first of the season snow plants.

A ranger pointed out this goose sitting on her nest. She expected a hatch any day.

Since we were cheated out of winter, I need another snowshoe adventure and Mt Shasta offered the perfect opportunity.

I found icicle goodness and moody skies.

Nature’s decorations are better than anything we can mimic.

This storm made for a wonderful reason to delay my spring jaunt departure.

I might be feeling a little prickly after focusing on trip prep rather than enjoying daily adventures. Happily I still got out for daily walks where I could find roadside surprises like these yellow cactus blooms.

I’m super excited to get back into jaunting mode. If all goes according to plan, soon I’ll be frolicking among these beauties.

It’s going to be a challenging season as I work to avoid fires and smoke. My motto will be get out now, enjoy every day and hope for good air tomorrows. There are already big fires in New Mexico and Arizona.

Dino and Bino Bob are ready for adventure and nagging Jan to hurry with her final chores. Where oh where shall we go? Oh how I love the unknown with many opportunities awaiting exploration. Curiosity is a good thing!

CA – Early Winter Jaunting, Far NorCal Style (Dec 2021 – Jan 2022)

The week before the calendar officially declared winter, a big snowstorm arrived in far Northern California. I-5 was closed for about 36 hours delaying distribution of all those holiday goodies. Meanwhile the nearby hills were turning white and I finally had an opportunity to go snowshoeing and test my post-surgery knee. I’m happy to report it was 100%. As for the rest of my body . . . it needs some work.

Lunch with a view at Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park. My favorite snowshoeing lunch is piping hot homemade turkey soup.

On my third snowshoe outing of the season I found myself ascending Diamond Peak at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It was a great cardio challenge and improved my confidence.

Sadly it also gave me my first look of the burned trees from the 2021 Dixie Fire.

I found myself back on Mt Shasta for my fourth outing. By now it had been a couple weeks since our last storms and the wind swept the ridges bare making it obvious more snow is desperately needed.

With hard pack snow conditions I couldn’t resist the temptation to try summiting Brokeoff Mountain at Lassen. I turned around before the top as my legs said not today. I wasn’t disappointed as I was beyond thrilled to be outside climbing mountains again.

On each walk/hike I challenged myself to find something worth photographing and sharing. It’s been a fun game and just when I think I’m going to be skunked I find a gem like the bark of this sycamore tree.

After the frost, comes the dew.

With many of my local trails impacted by wildfire, I’m happy to celebrate the areas that have escaped damage.

I also cheer on the new trees working hard to replace their burned ancestors.

I found the first bloom on January 4th, Wild Radish. I was interested to learn “the entire wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) plant is edible, from the veined purple, white, or yellow flowers to the leaves and roots. Wild radish pods are crisp and peppery, much like the root of a true radish, and can be eaten raw or cooked.”

We have a lot of pretty rock in the area.

The nearby creeks make for nice lunchtime lounging.

Manzanita dominates the landscape, but often when you look closer you find nature’s gifts.

I found a variety of tree lichen or fungus.

And other fungus as well.

This bark caught my eye.

We had crazy warm temperatures for a couple of weeks in the middle of the month and soon enough the landscape began to look like spring. Oh how I love green!

And then it happened, WILDFLOWERS in January! I checked my photo library and blooms are about three weeks earlier than I’ve previously documented. Buttercups appeared first, followed by Shooting Stars, Warrior’s Plume and Pacific Hounds Tongue. Interesting factoid shared by a friend, “The genus name Cynoglossum comes from greek Kynos- meaning dog and -glossum meaning tongue, while the specific epithet creticum is a reference to the island of Crete, where this plant can indeed be found.” 

Glue-Seed, Night Shade, Saxifraga and Redmaids.

Butter ‘n’ eggs, Lupine, Padre’s Shooting Stars, and Blue Dips

When a friend was looking for a backpacking opportunity, I volunteered to join him. We went to the Sacramento River Bend Recreation Area in Tehama County near Red Bluff where the elevation is around 500′. While daytime highs were in the 60’s, we experienced an overnight low of 27F. We camped with this sunset view of Lassen peak. What a great way to end the month!

While the lack of precipitation for the last three weeks of January is bad for the earth, it’s been really good for my spirit. Spending most days under sunshine filled blue skies encouraged daily hikes and sent my typical SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) symptoms into hibernation. This is my best January since 2015 when it comes to mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, and that’s saying a lot when so many are suffering from pandemic issues.

Photos are from hikes and walks in the following areas.

  • Redding Area
    • Clear Creek/Cloverdale Area
      • Horsetown/Piety/Cloverdale Loops
    • Keswick/299W Area
      • French Fry Trail
      • Hornbeck/Waterfall/Lower Ditch Trails
      • Lower Salt Creek Trail
      • Shasta Dam/Upper Ditch Trail
    • Mule Mountain Area
      • Princess Ditch Trail
    • Sacramento River Trails
    • Swasey Recreation Area
      • Wintu/Mule Mountain Trails
      • Meiners Loop Trail
    • Westside Trails
    • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
      • Mt Shasta Mine Loop Trail
      • Oak Bottom Ditch Trail
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
    • Manzanita Creek
    • Manzanita Lake
    • Brokeoff Mountain
    • Diamond Peak
  • Mt Shasta Area
    • Bunny Flat/Horse Camp Cabin
  • Sacramento River Bend Recreation Area
    • Yana Trail/Massacre Flat

On this 27F degree morning, nothing is quite as welcome as the sun hitting my tent.

CA – Mt Shasta Wilderness, South Gate Meadows Trailhead

I hadn’t hiked in a month. Between the heat, fires and smoke, I was on hiking hiatus. It was making me really grumpy so I decided to see if I could find an escape. I checked Purple Air, web cams and the smoke maps. I was hopeful. The skies looked clear but my lungs said otherwise as I drove through the canyon. I took a double dose of my inhaler and donned my hiking uniform. The temperature at 7,800 feet was a pleasant 70F degrees as compared to home where the overnight low had been 75F.

Looking to the west, the brown smoky skies hide Castle Crags and the Trinity Alps.

I was welcomed with this splash of color.

Soon enough I reached the wilderness boundary.

There are plenty of rocky features to explore like this unnamed 8,300′ peak. Meanwhile the plant life is sparse.

Green Butte at 9,193′ is a geologic beauty.

Hummingbird Spring is a one of many reliable springs on the mountain. It was a little past peak wildflower season but a few blooms remained. I didn’t take photos so I must not have been very impressed.

The butterflies enjoyed this oasis.

After hiking through a forested section, you turn the corner and find yourself at South Gate Meadows.

I’ve only hiked this trail one time previously and it was 8 years ago. This photo I took then shows better perspective.

The meadow marks the end of the maintained trail. However there are unmaintained trails inviting further exploration which is of course what I did. It’s important to be mindful of this fragile environment by staying on the well-used trails or rocky surfaces.

You can see the damage throughout the meadow. This is looking east toward Mt Lassen, again hidden by the smoke from nearby wildfires.

When you look at the mountain, your first impression is lots and lots of gray rock. These spring fed creeks create welcome relief.

Shastarama Point draws me upward.

Turning the corner I found colorful delight and more Dr. Seuss flowers, which had been dominant along many earlier sections of the trail.

There were tons of monkey flowers.

After reaching the spring, and then the ridge, I couldn’t help but see if I could find better views by wandering this escarpment.

I was thrilled to find views new to me, most notably Shastarama Point.

A close up of Shastarama.

Rather than retracing my steps, I decided to take an off-trail route through the rocks to create a bit of a lollipop loop. You can now also see a better angle on the side views of this lower part of the mountain. Shastarama Point is at 11,000+ feet whereas Mt Shasta Peak is at 14,000+ feet. Looks are deceptive!

Back on the main trail, this is a different side of Shastarama.

And the view more often seen by peak baggers summiting via the Bunny Flat or Old Ski Bowl route.

For those interested here’s a better perspective.

All too soon it was time to drop back into the smoke. Even at elevation my chest burned from the smoke. I was grateful for the blue skies and a break from the heat. There was a welcome breeze, and of course the streams to keep my temperature comfortable.

Adventure Date(s):

  • August 14, 2020

Hike Details:

Tips:

  • There are quite a few permit requirements and backcountry rules in the area. You’ll want to review the USFS information if you want to backpack or disperse camp (link).

  • Check weather forecasts. It can be quite windy and the mountain makes it’s own weather.

Resources:

Links:

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CA – Shasta-Trinity and Lassen National Forests . . . winter play

Welcome to 2019, Jan style!

That’s right, I wanted to witness the first sunrise of the year, so good morning Mt Shasta! 

Happy New Year Burney Mountain and Hatchet Ridge, home of the infamous wind turbines. 

Cheers to another of my good friends, Lassen Peak. 

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

Since I was in the vicinity after my overnight on the Hat Creek Rim, I decided I’d add 1.5 miles to my earlier jaunt.

Date Hiked: January 1, 2019 (no stats)

Hike #3 – Sacramento River Bend Area, Yana Trailhead

The Carr Fire destroyed most of my winter snow-free trails so this nearby option is better than hiking through burned trees. 

Date Hiked: January 12, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Hiked #4 – Lassen, Sulfur Works

I introduced a friend to snowshoeing on this short trek from the visitor center to Sulfur Works, a hydrothermal area featuring boiling mudpots and steam vents. 

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. 

Plan B was a good climb on a near perfect day to Ridge Lakes. 

Date Hiked: January 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

What Else?

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!

Links:

CA – Shasta-Trinity and Lassen National Forests . . . falling into winter

Not only did I spend time this fall in Lassen Volcanic National Park (link), but I also found a few other favorite places in far Northern California to jaunt. 

Hike #1 – Castle Lake Trailhead

Castle Lake 

Little Castle Lake 

Mt Shasta Views 

Castle Crags and Lassen Views (on a smoky day) 

Hiking Date: October 21, 2018

 

 

 

 

Hike #2 – Trinity Alps, Stuart Fork Trailhead 

Hiking Date: October 28, 2018

 

Hike #3 – Lassen, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 

Ridge Lakes 

Date Hiked: November 30, 2018

Hike #4 – Mt Shasta, Bunny Flat Trailhead 

Black Butte 

Date Hiked: December 2, 2018

Hike #5 – Castle Lake Trailhead 

Date Hiked: December 6, 2018 (no stats on this date)

Hike #6 – Mt Shasta, Bunny Flat Trailhead 

Sierra Club Horse Camp Cabin 

Date Hiked: December 10, 2018

 

 

Hike #7 – PCT, Dog Trailhead 

Date Hiked: December 13, 2018

Hike #8 – PCT, Twin Bridges Trailhead 

Date Hiked: December 19, 2018

 

Hike #9 – Mt Shasta, Southeast Wanderings 

The bears were still wandering around. 

Date Hiked: December 22, 2018

Hike #10 – PCT, Cache 22 Trailhead

Final sunset of 2018

Date Hiked: December 31, 2018 (no stats)

Instead here’s my cheer to you for a fantastic 2019 filled with adventure, good health and plenty of smiles.

And that my friends is a wrap for 2018. Below is my year in review video.

Links:

CA – Mt Shasta Snowshoe, Celebrating Early Season SNOW!

November 11, 2017, that’s a date I won’t soon forget. It’s the earliest I’ve ever strapped on my snowshoes. My friend Steve lives in the Mt Shasta area and knows how to read the weather and snow conditions. So when he invited me on this adventure and said now’s the time, I said YES! 

Sierra Club Horse Camp Cabin 

Lunch with a view. 

The view I was looking at wasn’t quite as nice as the one behind me. 

Plenty cold. 

Links:

Snowshoe Gear:

PCT – CA Section P . . . as in Persistently Practicing Patience (Part 1)

Dates Hiked: May 10-12, 2015 (Part 1: Miles 1498.7-1530.85) . . . to be continued
Direction: Northbound
Section P: Castella to Etna
-Miles: 98.5 (Halfmile 1498.7-1597.2)
-Elevation: Low Point 2,157′, High Point 7,769′, Gain 17,594′, Loss 13,770′

Initially I called this post “Putting together the Pieces” as I’ve hiked many pieces of Section P, but never the entire stretch, so it felt a bit like the coming together of a puzzle.

When I finished Section O in Castella, my friend Kim hosted me for a little respite between sections, then accompanied me for the first few miles of Section P. THANK YOU for being such a fantastic Trail Angel!

Section P starts in Castle Crags State Park (camping restrictions apply).

The Park has a designated non-paved trail for the wheelchair bound. It shares the PCT for a few feet. Cool sign!

Too soon it was time to get on up the hill, carrying 7+ days of grub and a couple liters of water, sure feels different than day hiking. (Photo Credit: Kim)

Within a few miles, the PCT exits the Castle Crags State Park and enters the Castle Crags Wilderness area. Camping requires a wilderness permit unless you have a PCT permit.

I don’t think I’ve ever hiked this stretch of trail. I’ve taken the PCT from the Soda Springs Road at Interstate 5 to the Crags Trail, and from Dog Trail to the PCT to Burstarse Falls and beyond. I found the Winton Canyon Creek bridge beautiful with it’s side-cut stacked wood architecture. Water was plentiful among the many creeks and streams; however, in tune with the drought, there were just as many already dry.

Creative names, eh? I believe Ugly Creek is on this stretch also, but I seem to have missed capturing the sign.

The first glimpse of granite, just a tease of what’s to come.

Burstarse Falls is quite worthy as a destination or distraction. I did neither on this trip, but here’s a photo from one of my previous visits as a teaser to consider a detour.

It was humid, overgrown and heavy with gnats and black flies as I climbed out of the canyon. During the night there was light rain. Morning brought mist and low clouds, magical skies, and a little concern as to whether I’d made the right decision to head out knowing the forecasts called for unsettled weather all week. I had no interest in retracing my steps through that overgrown bug infested section, so onward I went. I loved feeling one with the weather. Walking into and through the clouds, watching the sun come and go, so many shadows and temperature changes.

Many days and miles have been spent over the ridge at Castle and Heart Lakes, along Bradley Ridge and another that looks down upon the PCT.

I saw the first patch of snow about 6,500′ mile 1519. Another piece of the puzzle was seeing the Soapstone Trail junction, where I’d hiked up to explore Castle Crags from a new perspective.

Grey Rocks versus nearby Gray Rocks

Grey Rocks and Seven Lakes Basin.  I’ve been told this is Boulder Peak and Echo Lake.

A George Washington $1 coin so perfectly placed on the trail in this perfectly sized hole. How long has it been here? Is it a geocache? Should I take it? or leave it?

This section of trail may have been my first steps on the PCT. In 2008, I’d joined a local hiking group, and one of my first hikes with them was to Seven Lakes Basin on the PCT. And, so my journey began . . .

Looking west into the Mumbo Basin and at Mumbo and Upper Mumbo Lake (sure wonder why such a name, except there is a big mumbled jumbled mess of rocks nearby). I believe this is the official beginning of the Trinity Divide, the division between the Trinity and Sacramento River flows, between Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.

In the distance my heart beats a little faster seeing my beloved Trinity Alps mountains, where I’ve spent more miles backpacking than anywhere else.

This photo was taken about 3:30pm, just before the thunder and lightning started, followed soon after by rain, sleet and hail. I tried unsuccessfully to capture a photo of me hiding out under my umbrella sheltered by some trees while waiting out the worst of the storm. The temperature dropped quickly, the wind was intent on counteracting the benefits of the umbrella by trying to pummel me with the hail. Funny thing is that last time I was at this location (July 2013) I was providing trail magic when a hail storm arrived. Around 5pm the precip slowed do a light drizzle so I quickly set up my tent and crawled into my sleeping bag to prevent hypothermia. By 8pm the temperature was 36, dropping further to at least 32 during the night.

It had snowed lightly during the night. I was at about 6,600′. The skies had cleared and it looked to be a beautiful day. I had a friend meeting me the next day, so I wasn’t too concerned about the continued forecast of intermittent weather; however, I knew I would need to find a spot to dry out my gear.

Just a little frost as I started my hike around 8am.

And a little snow (about 6,900′)

Big Yogi breaking trail for me (one of my bear hunting friends said that’d be a 500+ pound bear).

Yogi’s girlfriend?

A little ice

Finding Porcupine Lake could be a little daunting when the trail is lumpy and bumpy with snow. Good thing I’ve been here multiple times.

Beautiful Porcupine Lake at about 7,200′! (about to be overrun this summer by several large REI led backpacking trips – part of the WILD effect)

Back on the PCT, there were several areas between Porcupine and Toad lakes where the trail had been lost under a slope of snow. This is when previous snow hiking experience comes in handy, knowing how and when to traverse, how to kick snow steps, etc. Most importantly how to use your maps and technology as losing the trail can happen quite quickly.

Toad Lake (about 7,300′) and The Eddy range where I’ll be traversing to the far end before finding the passage down into the Deadfall Lakes basin.

Looking down at Toad Lake and the pyramid-shaped backwall to Porcupine Lake.

The snow gradually grew in depth to 4-6″ as I climbed toward the pass over the Eddy’s at about 7,700′.

Ah there’s Mount Eddy (by the way that where my blog cover photo was taken with Mt Shasta behind me) . . . but what’s this wall that lays between me and it?

Look to the right . . . Hi Mt Shasta and big red rocks . . . I’ve been here before, I know the trail is to the left and there’s a big drop off in front down to the Deadfall basin . . the wind’s blowing, it’s cold . . .

Look to the left . . . that’s where the trail lies, near the base of the steep slope . . .

I know, I know . . . I don’t want to see that avalanche fracture . . . I know there’s a hard snow base topped with a nice fresh coat of 4-8″ . . . I know a perfect storm . . I know I’M NOT GOING THAT WAY!!!

But just beyond . . the trail is clear and it looks so inviting . . .

Reassess options to the right, NO!

Reassess the fracture . . NO!

It’s not worth risking my life . . . I can hike back 8 miles to the trailhead . . . I have cell signal . . . I can call for a ride . . . It’s time to retreat Jan . . . It’s TIME! What would you do?

Flowers? did I forget flowers? NEVER, if I can help it.

I’d arranged for one of my friends to retrieve me from the trailhead in a couple of hours. As I approached the parking area, I smiled as I saw a car and wondered if I could save my friend some time. As I sat in the sun sending out my InReach checkin, I heard voices coming down the trail . . . sure enough it’s a nice couple who just completed their hike to Seven Lakes Basin and were more than happy to give me a ride down the hill to Mt Shasta. Trail Magic is real. This is a reminder to provide it when you have the opportunity and receive it thankfully when it’s provided.

And so the story continues, including meeting a hiker who followed my footsteps . . . (link to post)

Related Posts:

Jan’s Tips:

  • Permits are not required to backpack within Section P (exceptions Castle Crags State Park and Castle Crags Wilderness).
  • Bear canisters are not required. It is recommended that you hang your food. I use an Ursack and Opsak.
  • Cell signal and internet service are limited.
  • Spring trips mean unreliable weather forecasts and unpredictable weather. I had rain one night, sleet and hail another.
  • PCT resources
  • Sections of Section P (reference Day Hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail by George & Patricia Semb)
    • I5/Soda Springs to Dog Trail (7.9 miles)
    • Dog Trail to Gumboot Trailhead (18.2 miles)
    • Gumboot Trailhead to Parks Creek Road Trailhead (14.3 miles)
    • Parks Creek Road Trailhead to Fen Trailhead (12 miles)
    • Fen Trailhead to Highway 3 (10.9 miles)
    • Highway 3 to Carter Summit Trailhead (19.9 miles)
    • Carter Summit Trailhead to Etna Summit (20.2 miles)

Mt Shasta (Eastern Slopes)

Growing up north of Mt Shasta, I spent much of my childhood becoming intimately familiar with her from that angle. I’ve lived south of Mt Shasta for the bulk of my adult life, gaining appreciation of her southern flanks. For those driving I-5, it’s the western slopes that are most often photographed.

This was my first opportunity to hike Mt Shasta’s eastern shoulders. On this fall day, we accessed the mountain via the Brewer Creek Trailhead.

Starting elevation is about 7,300′

Mt Shasta creates her own weather, with this day being no exception.

The Hotlum Glacier (California’s largest), the Wintun Glacier (California’s 3rd largest) and the Hotoon permanent snowfield are visible along this route.

As the trail approaches Brewer Creek, the first of many ridges is visible running south along the base of Mt Shasta

Many dry rocky gulches were found in September, as was Brewer Creek.

View looking east toward Sugar Pine Butte

View looking south, southeast.

An example of the volcanic rock

Early season snow on Mt Shasta’s eastern flanks

This was one of those shy days for our lady. Instead of seeing her majestic self, we were entertained by the ever changing clouds and a few snow flurries.

Jan’s Tips:

(1) Study your driving map carefully, we found the directions from several sources confusing and inaccurate. If you are accessing the trail from Highway 89, plan on a one-hour drive from McCloud.

(2) Dogs are not allowed.

(3) A free wilderness permit, obtained at trailhead, is required to hike in the wilderness below 10,000 feet; a summit pass is required above that elevation.

(4) From the Brewer Creek Trailhead, except for the trail to the creek, there are no established or signed trails. I recommend gps, maps and compass. This is not a place you want to be lost!

(5) Respect the mountain, respect the weather. Be prepared for cold windy conditions and unpredictable storms.

(6) Don’t count on available water, it may either be frozen or it may be a dry season.

(7) See Jan’s Trail Links page for resources.