Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mt. Shasta Area Trip - 9/14/10 Day 5 - Hedge Creek Falls , Lake Siskiyou , Girard Fire Lookout


We woke up, ate breakfast and packed up the car. From there we drove north a short distance on Dunsmuir Ave. to the City Park where Hedge Creek Falls are located. We parked and walked the 5 minute path down to the Falls.

Hedge Creek Falls

Hedge Creek Falls is an interesting waterfall in that you can walk behind it.

Sarah Behind Hedge Creek Falls

I’m sure the intensity of the falls would be best in spring when the water levels are much higher.

We walked back to the car and drove north to Lake Siskiyou in hopes of renting a pontoon boat. When we arrived at the marina the pontoons were not available so we opted for a “deluxe fisher”. This was a great option as the boat offered a sun canopy and comfortable seating. We brought our cooler and a picnic and set out on the lake.

Chillaxin' in the Deluxe Fisher

The water was very still for the better part of our outing.

North Shore of Lake Siskiyou

Lake Siskiyou

We explored the shoreline and enjoyed the views passing by a beautiful blue heron at one point.

Blue Heron

The speed limit on the lake is 10 MPH so there are no big wakes which is nice. At one of the lake arms a new bridge was under construction.

New Bridge with Mt. Shasta Looming behind the Clouds in the background

Before we knew it our two hours were nearly up and we headed back to the marina.

We then drove south on I5 to the Soda Creek Exit. From there we took several miles of dirt roads up Girard Ridge to the historic Girard Fire Lookout. Unfortunately the roads leading up to the lookout are all on privately owned land used for logging. The name of the logging company is Sierra Pacific Industries and they are NOT friends of the forest. As we headed up the ridge to the lookout we passed many clear cut logging patches. It was seriously depressing.

As we pulled up to the lookout we knew we were in for a real treat as the views were spectacular.

Girard Ridge Fire Lookout

The Fire Lookout itself is an elevated cabin with a catwalk lookout. There are two twin beds, a table, some storage cabinets and one hell of a view! We wasted no time unpacking our gear and getting into relax mode. We spent the rest of the day and evening simply gazing at the views of Castle Crags and Mt. Shasta.

Castle Crags

Inside the Lookout

View from the Catwalk

Panoramic View from Catwalk --click image to enlarge--


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