Ah, September in the high country. A few warm days, many cooler days, the first frost, the first blush of autumn color. Explore these contrasts on an easy six-mile, round-trip hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to Seven Lakes Basin, one of my favorite spots in the Klamath Mountains east of Mount Shasta. Do a […]
I’ve just posted some high-resolution pictures of Lower McCloud Falls and Middle McCloud Falls on the McCloud River to the Northern California Hiking Trails web site. I also posted images of Squaw Valley Creek, a McCloud River tributary. I decided to go with fairly large image size (400 pixels x 600 pixels for verticals), with file sizes […]
Check out Inciweb for the latest updates on fires in Northern California. It’s the best site for fire updates I’ve found, and it will help you plan your hiking and backpacking excursions. Please let us know of other important resources about current wildfires.
Hello Aaron, I’m making this a regular blog post because WordPress won’t let me put links in the comments section. (I’m working on this!) I went to the Cal Fire homepage for Northern California and looked at the latest incident report and the latest statewide map. There are no major fires around Desolation […]
Global warming is causing most glaciers worldwide to melt; however Mount Shasta’s glaciers are an exception. Shasta’s glaciers have about doubled in size since the 1950s. Scientists think this is due to the warmer Pacific ocean releasing more water vapor, which then moves inland to drop more snow on Mount Shasta. This increase in snow […]
Be sure to download the Sylvia and Lyons Lake hike from the articles page of my website. It’s a stunning trip in the Desolation Wilderness, and it’s perfect for an overnight backpack. I mostly had the area to myself the last time I visited–may you be so lucky. Increase your chances of solitude by going […]
Up in the Mount Shasta area the various fires have put a crimp on my summer hiking plans. I’ve still done a few, but fewer than I had hoped. I’m fortunate to live in a rural area, so I have lots of hiking and nature right out my front door. So that’s what I’ve […]