Trails and Rocks

An excellent weekend here, not just in weather, but deeds.

Saturday was a full day of trail work on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with a good group of people.  This time it was a local section, so I woke up in my bed instead of in my tent.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Sunday was a day spent with friends from the trail, except we went vertical, climbing Pilot Rock, a prominent peak near town.  It’s a fairly popular climbing spot, with a couple of routes rated 5.11+ on the south side.  But we stuck to the north side, a scramble up a wedge with a couple of fun “feet hanging” moments.

At the top was a nice 360° view of the area.  Not much different than the view from many of the other peaks in the area, but none have the approach that this required.  Good fun.

Of course, I had to stop and enjoy my favorite view of a mountain that makes me smile – Mount Shasta.

Pilot Rock Shasta View

After the climb, we headed down to the meadow, ate lunch, laughed and enjoyed the view of Pilot Rock.

Pilot Rock Meadow View

The route was on the left (north side), up in the crease between the two main columns of Pilot Rock.  If you looked at the Wikipedia page, you might have noticed the panoramic view.  Click on that and you can see the impressive polygonal columns that make up the rock.  Those made for a nice stair-step approach to the summit.

Keen-eyed watchers of this page might notice the shape at the top of Pilot Rock and the small weathered tree.  That’s the subject of my favorite image of the rock, shot back in June during a nice bout of rain.


Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend!