Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hiking Black Butte

I know, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. But I’ve had some really important things going on in my life. Things like binge-watching Anne of Green Gables because I suddenly remembered I have it on DVD. It’s been kind of funny watching this as an adult – I used to identify most with Anne, on account of the red hair and propensity to say the worst possible thing in any given social situation. Now that I’m almost 30, it’s totally apparent that Marilla, HBIC and Giver of Epic Side Eye, is my true spirit animal.

Marilla Cuthbert

That fetching hat isn’t the only thing throwing some serious shade.

I also went on a hike this weekend, which is something I really need to do more often on account of LOOK AT WHERE I LIVE:

Hike 4

I did not hike this.

That’s Mt. Shasta up there, and what we hiked is called Black Butte – it’s basically a giant dome of lava that formed when Mt. Shasta erupted a long time ago. I try not to think too much about the fact that we live at the base of a big-ass volcano, since the bulk of my volcanic knowledge has been gleaned from Dante’s Peak and that did not end well for a lot of people.


Dante’s Peak Survival Tip: Lava is hot, but not too hot to drive your car over.

Anyway, the Black Butte hike is a little over 5 miles round trip, and even though it looks like it would be really steep, it isn’t super strenuous. There is a lot of rubble/loose rocks though, from when a lookout tower on top of the dome crumbled and caused a giant rock slide.

Hike 1

Rock slides: Something else I tried not to think about while we were hiking up a pile of loose rubble.

The elevation at the top is 6,334 feet, and the view is pretty incredible:

Hike 3Hike 2Hike 5On the way down I started thinking about how it might be kind of cool to try climbing Mt. Shasta this summer, but then I got home and watched a K2 documentary on Netflix where basically everyone died a horrible death and/or lost all their toes to frostbite and decided that maybe I will give it some more thought.


Source    I wear at least this much gear to go to the grocery store in December.

Seriously, though: If you’re ever in Northern California, this hike is worth doing. Just make sure to wear sunscreen, as most of the trail is above the tree line. You can find more info here.