Mt. June/Sawtooth Rock
May 12, 2004
It was a long and slow but quite lovely drive to the upper trailhead
for Mt. June, through peaceful rolling farmland, then dense forest with
occasional glimpses of mountains in the distance.
On the trail at last, we climbed steadily upward through an eerie mist,
the tree trunks rising like rows of gray columns from the lush green
carpet of ferns, bleeding heart, and oxalis.
The rhodies weren’t blooming yet, despite our warm spring, but we
saw many early wildflowers, including a quadruple trillium, fairy slipper,
and Indian paintbrush.
Atop Mt. June, the distant peaks were shrouded by clouds, but there were
patches of blue in the sky, and we had a beautiful view of the closer
mountains as we lunched.
The hike out to Sawtooth Rock was more challenging than anticipated, but
worth the trouble; the sun finally came out and the view was stunning.
On the trail at the edge of the meadow near Sawtooth Rock we saw fresh
bear scat but no “scatter,” thank goodness.
Fritz and Patty Callahan,
Karen and Lucy Rayle,
Beth Kodama (leader).