|I assume this is why the trail is named "Fat Man's."|
Anyway I finally got fed up with being trapped indoors and decided I would go hiking on Mt. Elden anyway, even if it rained. When I left the house the sun was shining but I could see rain clouds on the way over the higher peaks. I drove around to the Elden Lookout trailhead to do the Fat Man's Loop trail and if it cleared off, possibly go all the way to the top. That was not meant to be. I did make it some distance into the trail before the rain started and there was no thunder so I kept going for a while and eventually found a rain shelter on a side trail in a neat C-shaped boulder to open a Mountain Dew. Eventually the sun came out and a rainbow appeared. It was one of those moments you can never experience from the living room.
|The rainy cliffs of Mt. Elden.|
|Too dark but a nice rainy view of a mine of some type. The hills in the distance are extinct cinder cone volcanoes. Mt. Elden is an extinct lava dome volcano.|
|Today's hike brought to you by the letter Backwards C, also known as Pac-Man. I took shelter from the rain in this boulder, which aspires to be a question mark.|
|From my rain sheltered perch I saw a rainbow after the weather passed. I also noticed the Gambel oaks in the foreground are leaved out now.|