Arnold Mountain (Southern Oregon) 06-Oct-2019

This June, we did a short, but interesting, hike to Hinkle Lake on the east side of the Siskiyou Mountains. That hike featured a lake, an old cabin, and an old mine. From both the lake and the cabin, I could see Arnold Mountain (6,648 feet) rising to the south. Adding a climb to its summit to that hike was voted down, so I made a note to try it later.

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Hinkle Lake (Southern Oregon) 12-Jul-2019

After a month on a raft, we needed a short, but interesting, hike to get our legs back and a 5 mile out-and-back stroll to Hinkle Lake seemed ideal for that purpose.  The 425-acre Hinkle Lake Botanical Area is located in the headwaters of the Steve Fork of the Applegate River, just north of the Red Buttes Wilderness.  It’s in Oregon but just barely.  The meadow system surrounding the lake is one of the largest in the Red Buttes region and hosts several rare and endemic plant species.  We didn’t see any of those, mainly because our full attention was captured by the wildflower-laden meadows around the lake.

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