On top of Grizzly Mountain, with a View of Mt. Shasta.

Day 7. Saturday, July 28, 2007

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Start: Past Grizzly Mt. Road

Miles Hiked: 18.3

Stop: Abandoned Road

(N 41 06.608, W 122 07.496)

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We started our hike by 7:10. We took an alternate route and climbed Mt. Grizzly. It was well worth the climb. (The picture above was taken on top of Mt. Grizzly).

It was still dry. We hiked until we found a creek. But it was not really a nice creek Ė hard to get to. Looked like a lot of bugs. But Ken really wanted to soak his feet because of his blisters. The creek was near a hot road crossing. We ate lunch at the crossing. It was not very pleasant. Since Ken had soaked his feet, I was done with lunch about 15 or 20 minutes ahead of him. After looking at the map after lunch, I realized that just 0.2 miles down the trial was a campsite, so I left Ken behind and wandered down the trail to take a look.

I found a huge, wonderful river next to the camp. Darn, if we had only hikes 0.2 miles more before lunch, we could have taken baths, and really cleaned up. Oh heck. I decided to clean up anyway. Later Ken found me, and we both took another hour break at the river. It was a really nice time.

Really nice hiking. I was worried about this section, because it was supposed to be overgrown and have lots of poison oak. Since yesterday, it hasnít been that way, but instead really nice trails.

We found a really nice place to camp, with a lot of space to spread out, and put up our tent. No bugs tonight. Wonderful.

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Shasta, viewed from a fire lookout on Grizzly Mountain.
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Ken and Me on lookout Mountain near the fire lookout station. This was a rare side trip.
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My attempt to step on Shasta. I stepped over it instead.
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Another view from the fire lookout. This is early in the morning (before 8am). We feel great.
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After the fire lookout, it was a hot trail. We ate lunch in the heat, on a hot road crossing, not knowing this river was only 0.2 miles further. We took a second hour break here.
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A pretty bug.
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A neat bridge.
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A view of the wonderful river from the bridge.
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Crossing the neat bridge.
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I am picking my way through poison oak. Sometimes, like here, we ran into massive amounts of it.
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We don't always get to walk on the crest.