Three Fingered Jack Geology

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Leader: Tom Rundle
Hike: 14.4 miles, 1800 ft (Difficult)

We hiked through about three miles of meadows in the burn area enjoying the colors and fragrance of red fire weed and lavender lupine. On the north facing slopes we encountered some large patches of slippery, wet snow covering the trail. A few of these were on steep slopes too dangerous to cross. So we had to do some creative bush-whacking to get past them and find the the trail again. After some hard slogging through snowdrifts we had lunch at Porcupine Pass. During lunch we were amazed to see a large herd of mountain goats descending the steep snow fields and rocky slopes on the northwest ridge of Three Fingered Jack. After that Tom Rundle gave a brief talk on the geologic history of the volcano.

Members: Tom Rundle, Ben Brown, Rebecca Eastwood, David Strutin. Nonmembers: Alice Laffey, Paul Ahnert, Renee Villanueva.

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