Not too far from my home in Medford, Oregon is the picturesque Applegate Valley. The Applegate has gained recent renown for its burgeoning wine industry, but the area offers some excellent hiking as well. The pyramid-esque Red Butte sits about 11 miles past Applegate Lake on FS route 1055, just over the California border, and can be accessed via the PCT. While only 6,739 feet above sea level, its rocky slopes and remote location give it the feel of more alpine terrain.
|Red Butte in the mist|
|From the PCT|
|Lilly Pad Lake (five miles one way)|
|The California Siskiyous|
|Peering north over the summit ridge|