August 1, 2009
Hot, hot, hot — having just come out of 100+ temperatures in the Valley during the week, the question on everyone’s mind was: would this be a hot one too? It was a bit warm and we had a few mosquitoes, but nothing that our hardy and enthusiastic group couldn’t deal with. The early 7:00 a.m. departure from Eugene turned out to be a good idea on two fronts in that we beat the heat starting out and we beat the thunderstorms at the end of the day.
We headed up the PCT at about 9:20 a.m., reaching the summit of Cowhorn about noon. It was very pleasant on top with reasonable views since little of the smoke from the Glide fire was obscuring the surroundings. As we left the summit after an hour on top, the clouds began to mass for what had been for several days previous, a daily thunderstorm. As we approached the trailhead (and our cars) a couple hours later the thunder was rumbling all around. Our timing was about perfect.
A stop for refreshments on the way home completed a great day on Cowhorn Mountain with a very congenial group.
Hikers were Jane Brolsma Maria Gibson, Dick Hildrith, Chris Stockdale, Elle Weaver and John Jacobsen, leader.