A few days later, I took one of my daughters and her two year old son to Sequoia National Park. We hiked to the
tree. I returned to the parking lot and drove to the handicapped lot below the tree and picked them up. It was a great day.
On August 10, I talked my old hiking partner, Craig Poole, into hiking to a new
location on Eagle Peak. We didn't make the summit but did find a couple of new locations of
on the south slope. In addition I got a little better feel for the Shorthair Plateau and the rest of the area south of Eagle Peak.
Eagle Peak from the east, Sierra National Forest.
August 10 observations.
23-24 August 2019
On 23 August, I decided to approach the Shorthair Plateau from the north. I started up the cross country route at about 8:15, and followed the outlet stream from Clear Lake. The cross country hike wasn't at all tricky and I arrived at the lake at a little after 10:15.
Soon, I heard sounds from the south end of the lake. Four guys had taken a trail up from the south, one on motorcycle. They were there for a long weekend, some fishing and some target practice. I heard their pistols during the rest of the trip. I scouted the ridge east of Clear Lake for L. Leeana
but didn't find any. I found a number of other flowering plants, though.
Most of the Shorthair Plateau is forested which makes navigation difficult without a GPS. So, I used my GPS to work my way over to the shorthair meadow where I had stayed on my previous trip to the area. I spent part of the way on an ancient trail that shows up on old maps and the GPS, and oddly, is marked by occasional fence posts even though the path is overgrown and virtually invisible. I found my old camp above the meadow and rested up for the next day's climb up point 9,202.
Clear Lake, Shorthair Plateau, Sierra National Forest.
The trip to the top of 9,202 was way easier than I had anticipated. By 8:40 I had reached the edge of the forest surrounding the knob and L. leeana
was abundant. It was like a different world up on top out of the trees. The barren forest gave way to an abundance of species on the bare summit. The usual higher elevation plants were present as well as several patches of Bridge's penstemon. Having visited what I thought were all the higher ridges where L. leeana
might be found, I returned home at the end of the second day. After returning home and studying the map in more detail, I realized that there are a couple more ridges that I should check out, but those will have to wait until next year.
Abundant Lewisia leeana on the upper slopes of point 9,202, Shorthair Plateau, Sierra National Forest.
August 23 observations.
August 24 observations.
4-8 September 2019
The last trip of the season was outside my usual stomping grounds. I was enticed into participating in an ongoing search for the remains of hiker/climber Matthew Greene
who went missing near the Minarets a few years ago. The search has been conducted by various members of High Sierra Topix
, an online outdoors forum.
I was of little use in the search and instead introduced the group to mountain pennyroyal tea. Several very talented climbers and hikers combed the area for signs of Matthew but we came up empty handed.