Drove from the town of Mount Shasta to Bunny Flats, with a beautiful scenic view from a roadside turnout before you reach the Flats. Once there, you'll find a trailhead to Horse Camp, 1.7 miles of easy hiking; However, the 1,000 foot ascent to Horse Camp, at 8,000 feet elevation, will test your fitness, particularly the upper half of the trail, which is much steeper than the lower half. Bring a sunhat on sunny days, because the lower half of the trail is largely through open meadows (lots of dormant flora in November, that I am guessing looks pretty nice in the spring!), with the fir trees mostly set a ways off the trail. The upper half is mostly narrow and immediately adjacent to the fir trees, shadier, and closer to nature. The Sierra Club lodge at Horse Camp is a small picturesque shelter. The faucet for drinking water was not functioning. I didn't hike further up the mountain. There a pit toilets at Bunny Flats and at Horse Camp, with toilet paper, but no soap, water, nor sanitizers.
Although the flowers were absent, the solitude this time of year is wonderful. I encountered no other hikers during the ascent, and only 8 hikers on the way back down. Mostly, just yourself, the chirping of birds, and the almost continuous rustling of the wind through the trees, gusting for many seconds at a time, gusts coming to your ears from different directions at different times...very nice.
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