Pilot Rock is a well known landmark here in Southern Oregon and played a role in helping guide pioneers who migrated north from California on the Applegate Trail. Yet during all of our hiking days here in Southern Oregon, we have only viewed it from other hikes and never hiked along the short but steep trail leading to it's base. We decided to change that today.
|At the start of the Pilot Rock trail and ready to go!|
|Pilot Rock looms|
|Katie in heaven on a large patch of snow.|
Eventually our trail came to an intersection with the PCT which we followed with a left turn. The trail now began to gain elevation and became quite steep for this last mile of the hike. At points the trail was a series of rock steps put on the trail to help against erosion (and maybe to help hikers not "slide" down the trail on the descent). Soon a series of switchbacks ensued to increase the climb until we came to the base of Pilot Rock.
|And on to the PCT we go...|
|Rock step portion of trail|
|View over the valley as we near the base of Pilot Rock|
|View of Pilot Rock from the base. The climb up is along the crevice in the middle. Not Happening!|
|Yellow Bells made an appearance along the trail|
|A small pond created by snow melt runoff|
Glenn & Carol