Well, the smoke has been blown away (mostly) and the wildfires that generated it are being brought further and further under control. However, it will take a big, wet storm to finally quell them all. Speaking of storms, the state’s October to December seasonal climate forecast for our area predicts stronger-than-usual storminess – with the first installment coming as early as later this week. Having had them deferred because of heat and smoke, we’re trying to squeeze in a few hikes before we’re hit by wet and cold. Thanks to the Hike Mt Shasta website, we’ve had China Mountain in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on our list for awhile and today seemed like as good a time as any to go hike it.