Scorched But Recovering

Peak Summited2019 Mount Saint Helena
Type of HikeMulti-night backpack
TrailheadMt St Helena Trail
EncounteredFall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

The last of  the Peaks  to complete the challenge was Mt St Helena. We car camped at Bothe State Park on Thursday night  through Sunday morning.  Although we had a late start at 9:00 am Saturday morning  it was fine the temperature rose to about 85 degrees but there were cool breezes that kept the hike to the summit tolerable and it seemed to be a much easier other hikes we had previously done. We saw some of the scorched areas that was affected by one of the most destructive fires in California the Tubbs Fire. The fire started near Tubbs Lane in a rural part of Calistoga on October 2017. Only to be surpassed by the Camp Fire in 2018. Nature is resilient and signs of recovery may be slow but seeing  the new growth is promising. The views were beautiful from every vantage point of the summit specially of Napa Valley and the vineyards. I would love to hike this again in the winter when the mountain top is covered with snow.


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