Jardine Juniper, 26 September, 2020
Eleven hikers met for a fall hike to the Jardine Juniper. We drove 12 miles to the trailhead and started out under mostly cloudy skies and a 20% chance of rain. The temperature was a comfortable 66 ºF degrees as we started up the trail with high hopes of enjoying autumn colors. Being a Saturday, the trail was somewhat busy with hikers and bikers. All we crossed paths with were pleasant and polite which added to our sense of well being.
This trail is a constant gradual ascent and provides an interesting assortment of views, looking up the valleys at the start and then broad vistas of cliffs and more distant mountains as you approach the tree.
We observed the work in progress of the Forest Service moving the trail to follow the contour of a sidehill in order to reduce erosion problems with the current trail. Some of the group looked at sections of the new trail and felt that it will be an improvement.
Our timing for this hike was good as the fall colors seem to be at a peak. We enjoyed bright splashes of red and gold all along the trail, as well as an ever changing sky with a variety of cloud formations followed by sun and then clouds again.
As a bonus, Dave W. read a hikers prayer for us as we ate lunch near the tree.
Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos, Susan, Jane, and Dave P. for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.