Three Fingered Jack

August 17, 2008

Decided to head out a little earlier — 7:30 instead of 8:00 — to gain more daylight and a little relief from the heat. We arrived at the trailhead at about 10:00 a.m. after driving through suspicious thunderhead clouds worth keeping an eye on. The first approximately two miles of the trail is through the burned area of B&B?? The burned trees are stark with sleek shiny silver trunks bearing charcoal black scars. The ground is covered with blooming plants — scarlet gilia, lupine, etc. — as well as 1–2 foot trees! The trail was dusty as it slowly ascended to the unburned ridge. Several — 20+ — PCNT hikers traversed the trail with us. Once on the ridge, Dick Hildreth spied Martin Lake which is the landmark to descend to for the possible return loop. A couple of patches of snow still remained which provided some refrigeration — Maddie and Andrew wore “hats” of snow — and breeding ground for the mosquitos that greeted us at lunch. Our lunch stop was brief but had a wonderful views of the climbing trail to the top of Three Fingered Jack as well as the Three Sisters and Mt. Washington. Not only did the mosquitos hurry us along but also the boom from the overhead clouds. Opted to return the route we came to avoid any encounters with lightening but did not avoid the few raindrops that fell. Thank you to the great hiking crew (!) of: Daphne James; Denise Butler; Buzz, Cecile, Andrew and Maddie Blumm; Chris Molly; and Dick Hildreth. Laurie Funkhouser, leader.

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