Big Red Mountain (Siskiyou Crest) 13-Jul-2018

Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Oregon

Last August we enjoyed a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to Big Red Mountain as a brief respite from the smoke and excessive heat then plaguing the valley floor.  Today found us once again on a hike to Big Red trying to beat excessive heat, which had arrived some weeks earlier this year. Despite Big Red Mountain’s 7,064-foot elevation and an early start, we could feel the heat right from the trailhead at Siskiyou Gap. Fortunately, it’s a scenic, but short, hike, so we were done with it before the heat got really oppressive. The winter of 2017 had been wet and snowy and had put enough moisture in the soil to support thick fields of white Beargrass along the trail for our hike that year. This year we found only dry stalks – either this winter had been too dry or we were too early for the blooms. But a cute family of ground squirrels and some colorful butterflies stepped-up in place of the absent Beargrass to fill our Nature quota for this hike. We were also fortunate to have blue, cloud-enhanced skies on the hike out, as opposed to the milky overcast we labored under on the way back. Overall, an excellent short hike – one well worth doing at different times of the year (when Forest Road 20 is open).

 

Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Going south on the PCT
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Going south on the PCT; Anderson Butte on the lower right
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Continuing south on the PCT under blue skies
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Entering one of the Beargrass meadows
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
This same Beargrass meadow in 2017
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Continuing south on the PCT through a patch of forest
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Big, blue sky
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
More missing Beargrass
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Climbing Big Red
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
On top of Big Red, with Mount Shasta in the smokey distance
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Heading back through the forest…
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
and through fields of owl-clover buzzing with bumblebees
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Juvenile ground squirrels learn about hikers (note mom in the shadows)
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Such an intense blue color
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
Love the stripped antennae
Big Red Mountain Siskiyou Crest Southern Oregon
My flower! Mine!

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