A Cold Day on Big Red 09-Oct-2019

We got our first snow a few days ago. Not too much. Just an inch or less above 6,000 feet. But enough for turn our thoughts toward old snowshoes and a new Sno-Park pass. Before things went that far (and this thin snow evaporated), we decided to see what an old favorite – Big Red Mountain – was like with a dusting of snow.

Today was sunny and cold, with the chill deepened by a stiff breeze across the Siskiyou Crest – excellent hiking weather! This is an easy hike south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Siskiyou Gap on Forest Road 20. The payoff is big views all along the way, with extra big ones from Big Red. Our favorite return – to prolong the views – is cross-country along the open crest of Big Red back to the PCT. A great way to soothe the soul before a morrow spent on planes and in meetings. 🙂

Starting up the PCT from Siskiyou Gap
The snow is so thin it can only survive long in the shade
First view of the long ridge that is Big Red
Wagner Butte (W.), McDonald Peak (M), and Mount Ashland (A) from the PCT
Off the PCT toward the crest, with Wagner Butte and Mount McLoughlin in the distance
Crunching-up some snow just below the top
Mount McLoughlin (M), Wagner Butte (W), and Mount Thielsen (arrow) from Big Red
Mount Ashland (a) and Pilot Rock (p) from Big Red
Totally flocked
On our way back – Mount Shasta over a field of senescent buckwheat
Next stop – winter!

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