A sequence of 5 hikes on Spencer Butte (the rambles) started the first week of March.
Yesterday was #5. Trends over that time: Fewer animals and smaller, less mud, more flowers, more green leaves, and way more people as the weather improved.
#5 started out the coldest with temperatures below 32 degrees at the trailhead. Yet, it did not FEEL like the coldest as the air was very dry – no fog, no inversions
The entire color of the forest was different – green, and where there was mud earlier, only hard dirt remained. And finally, a decent pic of tree moss
Wildflowers were explosive on the ground and in the trees – the trillium were huge (the size of my hand)!
This ramble went further on the Ridgeline Trail to Mt Baldy and then back
Distance: 12.96 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,422 ft | Avg Pace 23:36 / miles — Recording
|Gear Type||For this Hike|
|Pack||NorthFace ION 20L|
|Shoes||Topo Trailrunners !!! yipee !!! happy feet|
|Top Layers||Baselayer + cotton L S + Fleece (first hour only) – rest baselayer only|
|Bottom Layer||REI Warm hiking pants|
Note: temperature was at high range for these pants – time for lighter fabric
|Socks||Dual layer REI Poly liner + REI lightweight Merino wool|
|Water||Bladder 2 L (1.5 L drank)|