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Interstellar Orchard: Purple mountain

From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.

What a lovely morning! The sun is shining and the temperature is already steadily climbing. Things have finally been warming up the past week or so, but we’ve been getting strong thunderstorms along with. I’m hoping today won’t be one of those days, because it’s my weekend and I want to go hiking!

Blog reader and fellow full-timer Jayne is working up at Mammoth and we’ve been trying to arrange a time to go hiking together since I arrived. Today the stars have finally aligned.

Purple Mountain is 6 miles round trip and climbs 1,500 feet to a scenic view over the Madison area. It’s not one of the most visited trails, in fact the pullout can only fit five cars at most and you’d never notice the sign if you weren’t looking for it. It’s about a quarter mile east of Madison junction.

Like most of the park, Purple Mountain is covered in pine forest. From a distance it looks purple and that’s where the name comes from – or so Jayne tells me. I wouldn’t have had a clue where the name came from otherwise.

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