Siskiyou Wanderers August 2010 Hiking Schedule

The Siskiyou Wanderers are a very active local hiking group that hikes every Thursday throughout the year. Here’s the August 2010  schedule:

Aug 5: Deadfall Lakes/Mt. Eddy: Let’s enjoy this beautiful hike to the top of Mt. Eddy. For those wishing not to hike to the top of Mt. Eddy, can hike to one of the Deadfall Lakes to fish, swim or just relax.
AD: ~6-9 miles THE: ~6,200’ AEG: ~1,000’/2,800′ PMP: Edgewood Junction T: 8:30 am.

Aug 12: Russian & Waterdog Lakes: Let’s hike Russian Lake and Waterdog Lake from the South Russian trailhead up the long South Russian Creek Canyon.
AD: ~11 miles THE: 4,600′ AEG: ~2,500′ PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 8:30 am.

Aug 19: South Gate Meadows/Gray Butte: Hike from near the Old Ski Bowl site on Mt. Shasta to South Gate Meadows via the Gray Butte trail. Loop back to the trailhead via the Old Ski Bowl site.
AD: ~8 miles. THE: ~7,762’. AEG: ~1,200’. PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

Aug 26: Big Duck Lake: A nice lake in the Russian Wilderness. You may wish to bring your fishing pole or swim suit and enjoy lovely Big Duck Lake. Those with more energy can hike to Little Duck Lake.
AD: ~9-10 miles. THE: ~4,400′ AEG: ~2,200′ PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 8:30 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

  • AD: Approximate round trip distance.
  • THE: Trailhead elevation.
  • AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
  • PMP: Principal meeting place.
  • T: Meeting time at PMP.
  • DDT: Distance to trailhead.

Board Member Barry Price’s Favorite Local Trails Featured in Redding Paper

Mount Shasta Trail Association board member Barry Price was featured in a recent article in the Redding Record Searchlight. Barry shared two of his favorite trails in our region: Heart Lake and Girard Ridge:

Barry Price is a semi-retired lawyer and avid hiker who thinks nothing of polishing off 10 miles or so before lunch. So it’s not surprising that he considers the two-mile trek from Castle Lake to Heart Lake “a namby-pamby hike,” despite the spectacular vistas it affords.

“If you want to make it a little more interesting, climb up to the ridge above Heart Lake, along the trail that snakes up through the manzanita,” he said. “You get great views of the Crags from there.”

The piece also discusses hiking along Deadfall Creek and Squaw Valley/Cabin Creek.

Siskiyou Wanderers July 2010 Hiking Schedule

The Siskiyou Wanderers are a very active local hiking group and they hike every Thursday throughout the year. Here’s the July 2010  schedule:

July 15: Chipmunk Lake: Have never been here, but have seen it from the PCT. A new venture to a small lake just east of the PCT on the way toward Porcupine Lake. Some cross country hiking through open forest from the PCT to the lake. Wild flowers should be plentiful.
AD: ~7-8 miles THE: 6,590’ AEG: ~1,200’ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

July 22: Caldwell Lakes: Hike to two lovely small lakes below China Mtn. After the hike let’s gather at Barry & Joy’s home, at 9702 Burley Drive, Weed for a potluck. Bring your favorite dish or dessert to share.
AD: ~5+ miles. THE: ~5,800’. AEG: ~1,800’. PMP: Edgewood Junction T: 8:30 am.

July 29: Sky High & Frying Pan Lakes: Finally, a lake that looks like its name. Frying Pan that is! According to Ted, wild flowers should be plentiful. Due to the long drive and hike, let’s meet earlier.
AD: ~12+ miles THE: ~4,135’ AEG: ~1,800’ PMP: Ray’s Market, Ft. Jones T: 8:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

  • AD: Approximate round trip distance.
  • THE: Trailhead elevation.
  • AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
  • PMP: Principal meeting place.
  • T: Meeting time at PMP.
  • DDT: Distance to trailhead.

Fawn Creek Meadow Hike on Saturday, July 9

Mount Shasta Trail Association and avid hiker Barry Price is leading an impromptu hike to beautiful Fawn Creek Meadow. Here’s what Barry says:

This is an exploratory hike, and may be cut short by snow drifts and/or fallen trees left from last winter before we can even get to the starting point.

If we make it, though, expect the greatest display of flowers as we gradually work our way up Mt. Eddy from 5000 feet to 6200 feet, micro climate by micro climate, from wet to dry, from full sun to shaded. It’s pretty cool, although, it’s likely to be hot, too.

Anyway, let’s meet at the Fish Hatchery at 9 am on Saturday, July 9. (Central Mount Shasta exit and then go west away from Mount Shasta for a quarter-mile. Go straight at the stop sign.)

We’ll car pool to the forest road off of FR 26, about 11 miles, and up a sometimes crude road. Bring a lunch. We’ll be back by mid-afternoon.

Volunteers Needed for MSTA Fourth of July Food Service

Mark Gibson, the vice president of the Mount Shasta Trail Association and all-around great guy and Mount Shasta icon, needs your help to prepare the fresh fruit for the Mount Shasta Fourth of July Walk/Run both the night before and the day of.

Mark’s also interested in finding a new coordinator of the project for future years. He says it’s fairly easy and he’s willing to train you this year.

Write Mark at gibson@snowcrest.net and let him know that you want to help this year. I’ve done it a couple times and it’s fun. You hang with locals and laugh and talk while you chop fruit on a warm summer evening…

Spring Hill Trail Work — We Need You June 28-July 2

I was part of a large work party in May that got a lot done in completing the Spring Hill Trail.

But there’s more to do. Here’s what MSTA president Joe Wirth said in a recent e-mail:

Yesterday morning I walked up the Spring Hill Trail to assess how much work remains to be completed. My estimate is that there are 15-20 person-hours of work remaining to finish the main trail. We need two crews of five people each to work for 3-4 hours. Please let me know if you are available to work on any of these days next week: Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2.

Thanks to all of you who have already worked on the trail. Great progress has been made and we need a final push to finish.Incidentally, while walking up the trail I met a family of four plus two dogs coming down. The trail is already being frequently used.

Please help us out! E-mail Joe at joe.wirth@prodigy.net and let him know of your availability. He’ll get back to you with the details.

Squaw Valley Creek Trail/Cabin Creek Trail Hike on Saturday, June 26

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association invites you on an easy to moderate hike on the Squaw Creek Valley Loop Trail (now called Cabin Creek Trail.)

We will walk along the surging waters of the clear creek as well as on the Pacific Crest Trail. We will pass boisterous waterfalls and long rapids and see beautiful wild flowers alongside the moist slopes.This picturesque, wilderness hike in the McCloud area is 8 miles roundtrip with an 1800 foot elevation gain.

Meet 9 am on Saturday, June 26th at the Fish Hatchery in Mount Shasta (central exit and then west away from the actual Mount Shasta). Bring lunch and water. We expect to return by 4 pm. For further questions call Joan Roemer 926-0647.

Squaw Valley Creek (Cabin Creek). Photo by John Soares

Castle Dome Hike in Castle Crags State Park

This Saturday, June 12, join the Mount Shasta Trail Association on this strenuous and sometimes steep 5.5 mile roundtrip hike to the sky scraping granite spires called the Castle Crags. The elevation gain is 2200 feet. We will first walk through the forest to Indian Springs and then hike out in the open, amid the granite slabs and pinnacles where the postcard views of Mt. Shasta and the Crags become more and more spectacular.

Castle Crags are actually part of the Klamath Mountains, not the Cascade Range, and are much older. They were formed by granitic magma slowly cooling underground (as a “pluton”) and subsequently becoming exposed at the surface through uplifting and erosion. This is the same way that the granites of Yosemite formed. In fact, the Klamath Mountains broke off from the Sierra Nevada about 60 million years ago. Mount Shasta, in contrast, was formed by relatively recent surface eruptions (within the last several million years), and its rock is andesite (a type of basalt).

We will meet at the Fish Hatchery (central Mount Shasta exit and then west, away from Mount Shasta) at 9 am and carpool to Castle Crags State Park. Bring lunch and water. We will return about 4:30 pm.

For further information contact Joan Roemer at 926-0647.

John Soares at age 30 hiking toward Castle Dome. (Photo by Rick Ramos)
John Soares at age 30 hiking toward Castle Dome. (Photo by Rick Ramos)

Siskiyou Wanderers June Hiking Schedule

Join the Siskiyou Wanderers for great hiking in Siskiyou County every Thursday. Here’s the June schedule:

June 3: Sacramento River Trail / Wanderers Annual Picnic: A potluck picnic in the park follows a hike of the Sacramento River Trail near Castella. Come help us celebrate our 24th year of great hikes with terrific friends in Dunsmuir Park. Bring your best potluck dish to share and/or meat to grill. All Wanderers, Meanderers and new hikers invited to celebrate spring, life and our special neck of the woods.
AD: 4 miles THE: 2000′ AEG: 50′ PMP: Dunsmuir City Park T: 9:30 am.

June 10: Cabin Meadows Creek: A new road hike in the beautiful Cabin Meadows Creek drainage east of Callahan. Depending on snow conditions m ay be able to hike to Cabin Meadows Lakes. Some cross country.
AD: 5-7 miles THE: 5,670′ AEG: 1,230′ PMP: Gazelle Grange/Jct Kangaroo Lake Road T: 9:00 am/9:35 am.

June 17: Campbell and Cliff Lakes: Hike this pretty trail along Shackelford Creek and enjoy streamside views, wildflowers, meadows, lakes, and forest. Let’s leave our footprints before the summer hordes descend.
AD: 10-11 miles THE: 4,750′ AEG: 1,400′ PMP: Yreka Mall / Greenview Grange T: 8:30 am/9:10 am.

June 24: Martins Dairy Area: A beautiful meadow beyond Goosenest Mountain. Should have plenty of spring flowers. Depending on snow, can either hike Martins Dairy road loop, to Panther Rock, or climb Ball Mtn.
AD: 6-8 miles THE: 6,000′ AEG: 500′-2,600′ PMP: A-12/Hwy 97 T: 8:30 am.

Legend to the Schedule:
AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.