Lightweight Backpacking After 60 in the Rogue Valley

Years

Swift Creek to Foster Cabin, Sep 14-16

Esther, Denise

The trip was beautiful. We hiked in and camped near the Foster Cabin for 2 nights.

On day 2 we hiked up to Horseshoe lake and Ward lake. Both are beautiful lakes sitting in glacial cirques. I would like to camp at Ward Lake in the future, but would take 2 days to get up there since the last 3 miles to Ward lake are a very continuous climb, not for the faint of heart.

It is about 10 miles to Ward, the first 7 or so are along Swift Creek and it is an easy to moderate hike to that point before the climb up to the lakes. We didn’t go to Landers Lake because we had to leave early.

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Lake Siskiyou campout, Aug 27-29

Tysen, Diane, Elisabeth, Rosalie, Barb, Jo Ann, and Mary

Smoke in the Rogue Valley and northern California was so bad, we almost didn’t go. We’re sure glad we did, because, it was clear most of the time at Lake Siskiyou and on Mt. Shasta and we all had a tremendously good time.

(Lake and mountain pictures) — note: pictures will be added later

I think we all found Lake Siskiyou Resort to have its good points and bad. For example, the cancellation policy is very ungenerous, the smaller cabins are overpriced, the food at the grill is marginal, and people who come there leave litter around the shore. On the other hand, the location is excellent, there is a very nice 7 mile hike around the lake, the view of Shasta from the lake is amazing, and boats may have motors but they go about 5 mph and so are very quiet.

Jo Ann and Barb tent-camped, and Jo Ann had this to say about their experience: The tent sites are big enough to accommodate several tents and a car and offer a picnic table. Barb’s and my camp site was a 10 minute or so walk from the cabins where the rest of the group stayed. I haven’t stayed in a campground for ages and found it comfortable enough, though a bit beat up. It’s after the high season so the care of the place is likely less vigilant now than usual. Among all the delights for me one real treat was to be serenaded by a chorus of coyote both nights

On Aug 27, four of us hiked the Bunny Flat trail, about 1.6 miles of steady but not difficult uphill walking through conifer forest, starting at about 6900’ and going to 7900’. We wound up at Horse Camp, where we found a stone building, which had been constructed by the Sierra Club, a spring of pure, drinkable water, and an expansive view of the top of the mountain.

(Bunny Flat pictures)

On Aug 28, we hiked 7 miles around the lake, seeing different environments as we went, campgrounds, a dam, a bridge over a box canyon, creeks, and small sections of road.

(Lake hike pictures)

On Aug 29, on our way home, some of us hiked the Panther Meadow trail (7500-7900’), short (1.6 miles RT) but gorgeous with wildflowers and alpine trees in a meadow fed by a spring sacred to Native American tribes.

(Panther Meadows pictures)

Some of us found time to kayak, with kayaks from home. The resort rents kayaks but only from 11 am – 4 pm. Jo Ann, Barb, and Tysen went swimming, while some of us sat by the shore, talking or reading a book. Tysen and Diane enjoyed dinner at Lillie’s in Shasta city.

Speaking of Shasta City, the source of the Sacramento River flows out of a spring in a park next to the senior center. Many people come with bottles to take home this absolutely pure water. We settled for filling our water bottles. (And we missed the senior lunch!)

(Sacramento River source picture)


Three Sisters Reverse Traverse, Aug 21-27

Trip Report and Photos from Tysen M., Elisabeth Z., Denise F. [.doc; 15.3Mb]