Hyalite Ridge Traverse August 2008 Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008
I extended the loop by parking at the Mount Blackmore TH, near the dam. From there, I hiked up to Hyalite Peak, then all the way down the Hyalite Ridge to Mount Blackmore, finally returning to the vehicle after a +- 20 mile loop.
This is a great route with some more technical sections of class IV plus between Mount Bole and Elephant Mountain. I would recomend this route for the more experienced hiker trying to get away from the crowds. Did not see a single person on the 8 miles of off trail hiking between Hyalite and Blackmore, but saw plenty of Mountain Goats. One of the summit registers on this loop was started in 1976, and only had a few dozen entries. It looks like this area gets very little use.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."