Let There Be Smoke! (Hobart Bluff, Oregon) 11-Aug-2018

Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon

The wildfires started just about a month a ago and since then our air quality has been at best moderate, has gotten to very unhealthy on several occasions, and today is a cherrily morbid unhealthy. Sigh (cough, choke, hack, hack…). Although we’ll be doing something about this real soon, I stubbornly (The LovedOne would say stupidly) wanted to get in one more hike before we did. So why not go along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to Hobart Bluff (3.4 miles round-trip; 300 feet of elevation gain) to see the unseeable views? Don Quixote would have approved.  So while The LovedOne went to her air conditioned volunteer stint at the library, I motored up to Hobart’s smoke-shrouded trailhead on the PCT. It’s peak thru-hiker time right now and I chatted with a few who had been hiking through smoke for the last two weeks! One guy had seen Mount Shasta when he was 100 miles south of it and then, because of the smoke, had never seen it again. One couple never got to see Shasta at all because of the smoke. So snow in the Sierra Nevada was the big deal last year, while this year’s tribulation is smoke in Northern California and Southern Oregon. The trail giveth and the trail taketh away.  Which is a bit sad because, when it’s not treating us like beef jerky, Southern Oregon is a very beautiful place.

Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
The smoke was just thinner, not absent, at the trailhead (5,300 feet)
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Dead veg under a rose-pink sky along the PCT
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
On the trail up the bluff today
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Same place as above, on a much nicer day
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Looking toward Hobart Peak (visible) and Soda Mountain (invisible) from atop Hobart
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Hobart casts its shadow on a thick mass of smoke
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Today’s view north toward the Rogue Valley
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
The view north in better times
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Today’s view of Mount McLoughlin
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
About the same view on a day when you can actually see Mount McLoughlin
Hobart Bluff PCT Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
One of these days, the smoke will be but a memory…

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2 thoughts on “Let There Be Smoke! (Hobart Bluff, Oregon) 11-Aug-2018

    1. Thanks, but I knew my hike was going to be smokey – it was more about compare and contrast with our hikes of Hobart when the views were exceptional. I’m reserving my sympathy for the PCT hikers who have to hike through all this smoke and who’ll miss some of the best views in Southern Oregon. 😦

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