A sequence of 5 hikes on Spencer Butte (the rambles) started the first week of March.

Yesterday was #5. Trends over that time: Fewer animals and smaller, less mud, more flowers, more green leaves, and way more people as the weather improved.

#5 started out the coldest with temperatures below 32 degrees at the trailhead. Yet, it did not FEEL like the coldest as the air was very dry – no fog, no inversions

The entire color of the forest was different – green, and where there was mud earlier, only hard dirt remained. And finally, a decent pic of tree moss

Wildflowers were explosive on the ground and in the trees – the trillium were huge (the size of my hand)!

This ramble went further on the Ridgeline Trail to Mt Baldy and then back

The local area from different views

Distance: 12.96 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,422 ft | Avg Pace 23:36 / miles — Recording

Gear TypeFor this Hike
PackNorthFace ION 20L
ShoesTopo Trailrunners !!! yipee !!! happy feet
Top LayersBaselayer + cotton L S + Fleece (first hour only) – rest baselayer only
Bottom LayerREI Warm hiking pants
Note: temperature was at high range for these pants – time for lighter fabric
SocksDual layer REI Poly liner + REI lightweight Merino wool
WaterBladder 2 L (1.5 L drank)

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