Green Springs Mountain (Cascade-Siskiyou NM) 06-Jan-2018

Green Springs Mountain Loop Oregon

By all rights, the easy but scenic Green Springs Mountain Loop Trail, which is now within the expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, should be under snow. But it’s not. Which meant that I could include it as part of a bike-assisted dirt hike from Green Springs Summit on Highway 66 to East Hyatt Lake Road near Hyatt Lake. The hardest part of this hike was convincing myself to leave the house into a cold, zero-visibility fog secure in the perhaps foolish belief that there was sunlight up there somewhere. The dark and fog were too much for The LovedOne, who buried yet more deeply under the covers and mumbled something about don’t disturb the cat on your way out. Not that the cat has evidenced any interest in going hiking, ever. 🙄

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Henry Mountain (Cascade-Siskiyou NM) 11-Nov-2017

Henry Mountain Buck Prairie Winter Recreation Area Oregon

An Armistice Day sunbreak in the wet wave trains of early winter gave us a chance to do a pre-snowshoe season reconn of trails at the south end of the Buck Prairie Winter Recreation Area (WRA), which is – for the moment at least – now part of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This WRA an immensely popular winter play area, particularly at its north end where the majority of its Nordic ski and snowshoe trails are concentrated. The fewer trails at its southern end looked (based on the BLM’s small map from 2003) like they were longer, more remote, and offered views.  But we wanted to see what was there – and record our own GPX track – before everything was covered in snow.  Better to hike dirt now than flounder in snow later! It being Veterans Day, the library was closed, and The LovedOne was thus free to wander the woods with me.

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