After revisiting the Illinois River trail a few weekends ago, I decided that I was going to spend part of my spring break backpacking back down Shorty Noble Way to those riverside campsites. From the forecast I could see that the weather would actually work out pretty well in my favor. I headed out on Tuesday morning, planning to pack up and head back on Thursday morning — two days of lounging around camp in my underwear and taking hundreds of identical pictures of the river.
A few miles into my hike, I came upon a few people who were also heading to Pine Flat. They told me that the Siskiyou Mountain Club was there to maintain Shorty Noble trail and to build a bridge (!!!) over the creek. First, thanks so much SMC for improving some of my favorite trails (and for just keeping them alive, in some cases). I try to do my part by cleaning off small brush and crappy rocks that trip you up, but I rarely break out the saw and do any real trail work, much less build a bridge!
As I walked on, I realized that I had to find another campsite because the SMC crew would be camping at my destination. Sure enough, I came upon some of them hiking back for supplies and they confirmed that they were camped at the base of Shorty Noble Way, so I decided to go a bit further and find a spot at Pine Flat.
I originally had my campsite set up close to the water, but the constant shimmering from the water was making my skin feel like it was cooking me alive, so I moved further away from the river. It was also better at night because it was less gusty. The next morning, I awoke to this…
It took about 15 or 20 minutes for the sun to dissipate the fog once it came up over the mountains. It’s probably a daily occurrence in the spring since the water is super cold and the weather from the ocean is warm and humid. Here are some more pictures from when I was lounging around.
Though I had to climb a bit more and walk a bit further in order to get to Pine Flat, I had the place completely to myself, so it was a perfect spring break vacation. Now that I think about it, I could recover a few days, then head out for one more overnight before school is back in session. 😉