Our group headed up the Jewel Trail, then across the Gulfside Trail to the Jefferson Loop Trail and summit. We started up around 0645 and arrived at the summit of Jefferson around 1130. We were greeted by a large group who had done an overnight at one of the RMC shelters and a group of scouts. The scout leader was retired Army – thank you! Everyone helped in rigging the telescopic pole with our large flag to fly high above Jefferson. The overcast finally broke around 1345 and we were able to get fantastic views of the flags on Mt. Adams, Mt. Clay, and Mt. Monroe. Unfortunately, Washington didn’t seem to break until the flag had come down after 1400.
At 1400, several people arrived to the summit of Jefferson for pictures with the flag, including someone finishing his 48th. Congrats! 😛
We enjoyed a brief moment of silence, and took the flag down around 1415, and headed back the way we came getting to the bottom around 1700. Thank you to all who participated, visited, and took the time out of their day to remember. Also, thank you to the group who hike with me and helped (or rather they carried) the pole :flag: .
Thanks again. I’m looking forward to doing this next year.
First, hats off to LenDawg who was well organized and a pro at getting the flag set up securely on top of Jefferson. First time participant and hope to participate in future years. Met a lot of nice people.
Peaks were in and out of clouds all day but finally cleared about 1:30ish. We could then make out the flags on Adams and Monroe.