I drove down from Portland on Thursday night, spending that night at a state park near Grants Pass, OR. An early start got me to Redding for lunch at In-and-Out, then on to the trailhead.
We camped in Bowerman Meadow, another great spot picked by Ken. The meadow was about 4 miles from the TH and halfway up I was caught by Marty, a fellow Oregonian (although he had an easier commute from Ashland). I took a camera, but I didn't check the battery -- totally dead and just dead weight. All these photos were taken with an iPhone, so some are a little blurry (especially in low light).
My SoloMid (this was my first trip with this shelter):
Marty and his DuoMid:
Doug's cowboy camp set-up:
Jim's Warbonnet hammock set-up:
Justin's flat tarp, pitched low:
Eric's Wild Oasis:
Ken's Hennessy Hammock set-up:
On Saturday, the group went for a day hike up the valley above Bowerman Meadow. Eric E. had scouted out the correct trail the day before. Rick and Marc left two hours before anyone else and had an epic day, climbing out of the valley "headwall" (like us) and continuing on to a Four Lakes Loop and not returning until after dark. The rest of us did a loop up the headwall, around the back to two high lakes and back either cross-country or down to an adjacent valley trail.
Looking back towards the valley with Bowerman Meadow below:
Up the valley:
Doug (seated) talks with Jacob and Sandra:
Eric E. and Marty:
We followed the chute in the center up. Lake Billy-Be-Damn lays behind the peak at center:
Near/at the top of the chute. Shasta is in the distance:
Lake Billy-Be-Damn, a few minutes hike from the top of the chute. We continued up the use trail up the opposite slope:
Looking down at Lake Anna:
To the right and up a short slope, we stopped, regrouped and ate with an amazing view of the valley below:
From Wikipedia: "Geologically, the Trinity Alps consist of a mixture of igneous, granite and metamorphic peaks. In the eastern mountains are the Red Trinities, due to reddish ultramafic peridotite, in the central granitic batholith are the White Trinities, and in the western mountains are the Green Trinities due to more extensive forest cover." Here is granite framed by the red igneous peaks we were on:
Ken ponders, on the edge:
Jay and Marty looking at the view:
From there, we made our way down to Lake Anna for water. Justin and his friend Kyle stayed at the lake to fish. We split up into three groups. Jim, Sandra, Jacob and Doug went down to the Long Canyon Trail. Marty and I traversed over to a small pass and then back down to the meadow where we had started. We caught up to Jay, Ken and Eric halfway down. Closing our loop, tired and back in the upper meadow (Ken, Jay, Marty and Eric):
Looking back at the peaks we circumnavigated:
Another night of good company at the camp, then a long drive back to Portland!