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. Hikers were LaRee Beckley, Fritz and Patty Callahan, Dick Hildreth, Norma Lockyear, Jack O’Donnell, Margaret Prentice, Karen and Lucy Rayle, and Beth Kodama (leader).

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