Porcupine Mountain (Cascade-Siskiyou NM) 21-Oct-2018

Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon

Last December, after the Ashland Hiking Group made it look interesting, I did my own hike to Porcupine Mountain and really enjoyed it.  The LovedOne couldn’t come on that one 😥 owing to library business but I thought she’d enjoy it too. So today I pried her from amidst the stacks of cellulose and got her on the trail with me 😀 to Porcupine.  It was another great day for a hike and this one played-out the same (and as well) as the first one. The weather was hiker-optimal, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was in fine condition, and the views from the summit were superb (except in the direction of Mount Shasta, which was obscured by haze). The only difference this time was that the old road (shown on the map as a trail) going from Porcupine Gap over Porcupine Mountain’s south ridge has now been very aggressively decommissioned.  The old road prism is littered with turned earth, rocks, downed trees, and piles of dead brush. A use trail is forming but it’ll be an awkward walk for a while longer.

Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Going north along the PCT
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Pilot Rock comes into view
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Contemplating Pilot Rock
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Picking our way up the decommissioned road
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Pilot Rock and colorful rubber rabbitbrush
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Mount McLoughlin
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Mount Ashland
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Pilot Rock from the nominal high point on Porcupine
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Heading back along the PCT
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Mushrooms along the trail
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Shriveled ‘schrooms
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Shriveled undersides
Porcupine Mountain Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Back along the PCT with Mount Ashland in the distance

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