It's a nice little jaunt first up hill, then intersecting an old railroad grade, and then down a little meadow that brought us to the crossover to the Osha Trail. It's mostly a second growth pine and fir forest along the intermittently rocky trail, although there are few big diameter great grandaddy trees here and there.We walked down hill a bit on the Osha Trail and then went off trail in a lovely little glade of oaks and aspens and had our picnic. We went round the circuit of the Osha Trail, but bypassed the last little leg back down to the meadow and the crossover, and instead stayed on the old road until we reached FT 568B which took us back to the Pines North Trail.
It was a warm day, even at nearly 9000 feet. The thunder and few dark clouds came and went over the 3 hours that we hiked, but we never felt a drop of rain. Although I had been on the Osha Trail before, I hadn't noticed all the big tooth maples that grow there, which would make it another prime destination to see fall color in the Sacramentos.This was nice way to extend the too short Osha loop. We saw a few couples on the Osha Section, but no one at all on Pines North.