Rhyolite & Porcupine (Southern Oregon) 13-Nov-2019

Thus far we’ve had a near record driest Fall. Storms are, however, forecast for this coming weekend (…the weather check is in the mail…promise!). So, with a vague nod toward Butch & Sundance (or any other two name duo you’d like), we did an easy (recovery is almost officially over!), but visually rich, loop in both the Soda Mountain Wilderness and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (this is possible because the monument overlaps the wilderness). This loop around Rhyolite Ridge with an out-and-back to Porcupine Mountain on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) affords views of Mount Ashland, Mount Shasta and surrounding peaks, Pilot Rock, Soda Mountain, and Mount McLoughlin. Maybe – just maybe – this was our last dirt hike of the season and frozen goodness will soon fly from the sky. Anything to stop the piteous whining coming from our snowshoes in the garage. 🙄

Cresting Rhyolite Ridge
The view from Rhyolite Ridge [The Whaleback (w), Mt. Shasta (s), Black Mountain (bm), Black Butte (bb), Mount Eddy (e), China Mountain (c)]. The haze filling the valley is from slash pile burns and uncertified wood stoves. 😦
Mount Shasta from Rhyolite Ridge
Pilot Rock from below Rhyolite Ridge
A bear paw in the clouds over Porcupine Mountain
Pilot Rock and clouds from Porcupine
A snow-free Mount McLoughlin from Porcupine
A snow-free Mount Ashland from Porcupine
Returning along the PCT near Point 5241
Our track to and from Porcupine (camera symbol is Rhyolite Ridge)
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