Long day, the mileage is deceiving with all the switchbacks. Climbed up Methodist and bushwhacked the ridge over to PT 10580 C and then down to the Rainbow Trail and up Poncha Mtn then followed meandering Rainbow Trail back to the car. Ended up at almost 18 miles! Whew!
I think we all got out money's worth on this outing. With snow and wind, we were all good and tired by days end. I got the Jeep stuck up to the doors in snow (don't ask...) and therefore was kind enough to provide Kiefer and Mike with an opportunity to warm up before the hike by digging out the Jeep - sorry I only had two shovels, gentlemen heroes. :-D. The summit area - minus the towers - is a little more wild and open than I thought it would be! Views are spectacular from the top of this gem.
Road and some Bushwhack Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2014
Sarah, Logan (dog), Mike and myself hiked up the road (partially) and bushwhacked up the northeast ridge to the summit. Nice day, some stiff winds atop but rather enjoyable.
Better than expected views on top!
Logan was a trooper!!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe