After reading about the Mountain of the Rogue trails from fellow hiker Boots on the Trail, we ventured over to the city of Rogue River on a 65 degree winter day to test out the climb on these relatively new trails --- brand new to us.
|Time to hike some new trails!|
|Which side is the Darkside? I can't feel the force!|
|Looking up at far away Tin Pan Peak|
|It's still Christmas on the trail.|
|Tin Pan Peak. The BLM should remove whatever this is and add some benches.|
We backtracked on the Darkside and Rat Pack trails till we reached the Sasquatch trail (love that name) and headed downhill on numerous long switchbacks. It was here that we ran into (not literally) cyclists going uphill and downhill. We kept our eyes and ears open and were able to get us and Katie out of the way without any collisions. Please note, the cyclists did let us know they were coming when they could and one even had a cowbell on their bike.
|View of Sasquatch trail from the Rat Pack trail.|
|Can Sasquatch be difficult?|
|Looking back as we make our way down the Sasquatch trail|
The hike came in around 7.6 miles for us and we were hot and tired when finished, but it felt good to get in a longer hike. The entire parking lot was full when we finished our hike, so these trials are well used which is great. One other note, the warmer weather brought out the ticks (yes, even in January) and we did pick them off our clothes as we hiked. When we got home both Katie and Glenn were inspected further and additional ticks were removed -- both patients survived.
Glenn & Carol