Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Manzanita Creek Trail, Lassen National Park
Tuesday we hiked the
seven-mile Manzanita Creek trail in Lassen National Park. It is classified as "moderate" and climbs 1,110 feet. The weather was a bit cool, which I prefer. I left my jacket in the car and felt a bit cold when we stopped at the top to have a picnic lunch. Craig wore his quilted flannel jacket and ended up carrying it part of the time.
The trail rose steadily thru alpine forest and meadows. I have so many pictures it was hard to decide what to include.
As we hiked up, we were treated to an excellent view of the peak at right.
There is still a lot of snow at the higher elevations.
There were also still some snow piles in shaded areas of the trail.
Just before we got to the end of the trail we met a CCC (California Conservation Corps) crew working on the trail. We think this guy was the supervisor because he wasn't working.
I've decided the shirt I was wearing is the perfect hiking shirt! It has a nice pocket for my every needed tissue. The fabric is a very thin cotton so it "breathes" and the 3/4 length sleeves keep the sun off my upper arms. I wish I had another like it!
From Craig: the technology these state guys use is not "high". They look in the forest for nice rich loam, then tote it by hand to the path where they spread it to help identify the trail. This guy is carrying a fair-sized lump of soil like a baby, and laughing that we're taking his picture doing it!
Finally, a picture of the two of us on the trail.
One of the CCC guys took it for us.
By the time we got back to the trail head, the pedometer showed 16578 steps and 7.06 miles. That included a little from the morning. I was down another pound this morning and am feeling really good. I like the poles I bought, but feel a little like I should be wearing skis!
When we got back to the KOA we went for a nice swim in the heated pool. It wasn't very large, but it sure felt good to just float around for a while!
We finished the evening in a traditional RVers way. The neighboring couple invited us to share their campfire and visit for a while.