Since our first 10+ mile hike of the year was done over the Memorial Day weekend and was on the Pacific Crest Trail, we decided to venture out for our second 10+ mile hike over the Fourth of July weekend on the Pacific Crest Trail - just a different segment. For those of you checking, July 6th was a Wednesday. But for Glenn it was part of his company holiday weekend.
|To Grouse Gap and beyond!!!|
|Katie (bottom center) checking out the first meadow.|
|One of the many wildflower meadows that make this a great hike!|
|Scarlet Gilia "Skyrocket"|
|Cobwebby or Cotton Paintbrush|
Just before reaching the Grouse Gap Shelter road, we met a couple in their 60's that appeared to be backpackers. So we stopped and asked them where they had started their hike to which they replied "Mexico". This surprised us since most of the PCT thru hikers are still 3 or more weeks away from arriving in Oregon due to the heavy snowfall in the Sierras. However this couple had skipped that segment, thus their early arrival. We asked what their trail names were to which their reply was "So Far" and "So Good" Pretty cute!
|PCT Thru Hiker trail magic|
|View of trail in open area leading up to the Siskiyou Summit|
|The view during our break.|
|See the snow??????|
|One of the many butterflies enjoying the wildflowers.|
Glenn & Carol
P.S. In 2009, Glenn hiked this trail on the first day of Summer with his brother and nephew. It was 32 degrees and snowing. Yes they still hiked out to the Grouse Gap Shelter road and back and met many other hikers out for a "summer" hike. Here are a couple of pictures from that hike.