Lightweight Backpacking After 60 in the Rogue Valley

Parsnip Lakes Hike – Father’s Day 2011

June 19, 2011 saw 10 hardy senior backpackers, one young sprout, Scott and two dogs plunge off the road just beyond the power lines that mark the parking area for Hobart Bluff on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument. One hiker celebrated her 66th birthday and several fathers celebrate the holiday that began with a disaster.

The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. [Wikipedia]

In addition, the June 19, 2011 was the 66th birthday of 1991 Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyii was also born on the same day in history as our intrepid lady hiker, Chiyemi.

Our day was no disaster but it did see the 6.8 mile hike begin with 4.5 miles of off-trail plunge through woods, meadows, past stream and lake, finally to ascend through pine and fir forest back to the PCT, returning to the cars. Not to be stopped there, we all proceeded to the Greensprings Inn for an early dinner (there were some mighty hungry hikers). We were entertained by the every-third-Sunday bluegrass jam. Some nice pix of the two very pretty youngsters (fiddle, mandolin and vocals) amid a group of 7 or 8 more mature musicians.

Planned (red) and actual 6.8 mile hike (blue)

Here’s the trip profile provided by Tysen, the GPS guy and One Mile Per Hour club founder.

Starting at the left side and winding up on the right

Beautiful warm weather following a cool, misty Saturday. Our temps were in the 70’s, bright blue skies.

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2 responses

  1. Gail Pearlman

    I found your site by accident while searching for a Sky Lakes Wilderness backpack. It’s exciting to know that you exist – are you open to new members? I’m 68, live in Grants Pass, and have no one to backpack with. (I’ve gone alone but don’t like to do that for more than one night.) I’ve backpacked for years but not in the past three years… and I don’t want to get too rusty 🙂

    July 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  2. Pingback: Parsnip Lakes (Cascade-Siskiyou NM) 09-May-2017 | Boots on the Trail

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