Lupines grow on the lower above-treeline slopes of Mt. Shasta below Butte 9000
Last week, we talked about taking the Brewer Creek Trail, then continuing up a social trail to Butte 9000 high on the side of Mt. Shasta (Butte 9000 isn’t its official title – in fact, you probably will have trouble locating the butte on a topo map – but it’s quite easy to see while hiking on the mountain and so much cooler to hike to a destination than just some-ol’-GPS-coordinate). We hiked up to the north side of the butte, but thought it would be easier (no snowfields) and more fun to hike down the south side of the butte to make for a loop hike. It turned out to be a great idea, as an old Jeep road runs most of the length of this valley, so it’s not a very difficult hike (save for some elevation gain!) And the views – wow!
Who wouldn’t want a view like this? (That’s the old jeep road; easy to see and follow, but returning to its initial state.)
We headed down the south side of Butte 9000 – if you’re hiking up this way, it’s much more difficult …Read More