On a fine day in early fall Peter Douglas loaded up his car with a few local friends and took a drive into the Smith River National Recreation Area in the Siskiyou Mountains. He had reserved the Bear Basin Lookout and after winding around the mountains and passing the Ship Mountain Lookout, we landed at our final destination- Bear Basin Butte.
Clear skies punctuated with wispy clouds made for great views across the entire watershed.
The Lookout is typically only open for reservation between July 1-September 30, but if it is a warm dry fall it may stay open later. View the Forest Service Webpage for more information. Visitation is by overnight reservation only.
The party of four, below, enjoyed a glorious afternoon basking in the golden fall light. We enjoyed fall colors scattered around the mountainsides as the vine maple and big leaf maple changed color.