Hike to Squaw/South Gate Meadow — Saturday August 24, 2013

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Photo by Bubba Suess

The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites the public on a 4.6 mile round trip hike to Squaw/South Gate Meadow Saturday, Saturday August 24th. The hike is moderate with an 1,100 foot elevation gain and a high point of 7,900 feet.

The Squaw/South Gate Meadow Trail is one of the most scenic and interesting trails on Mount Shasta. The trail starts at the Old Ski Bowl and passes through spectacularly barren moonscape toward the South Gate, a gap between the south end of Sargents Ridge and Red Butte, a large volcanic dome composed of reddish colored andesite. The first part of the route stays above treeline, giving constant views including Black Fox and Buck Mountains to the east. Beyond the boulders the trail enters into a canopy forest of red fir leading to the Squaw/South Gate Meadow.

The meadow is an idyllic scene with lush grass carpeting the ground as numerous spring-fed creeks course their way through. The creek beginning at the springs responsible for the meadow is Squaw Valley Creek/Cabin Creek, which flows off of Mount Shasta, through the town of McCloud and into Squaw Creek Valley, beyond which it courses its way into the McCloud River. The wildflowers should be abundant at this time of year. Above this splendid spot is Sargent’s Ridge, topped by Shastarama Point, Thumb Rock and Konwakiton Glacier.

Please note that dogs are not allowed on this hike due to its being in the Mount Shasta Wilderness.

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way, the street in front of Best Western Tree House Motor Inn (near Ray’s) at 9 am. Participants will carpool from there. Bring lunch, water, and be prepared for changeable weather and intense sun. Hiking poles are recommended. Expect to return about 3 pm.

For further questions, call Joan Roemer at 926 0647.