Not a pleasant day out in the high country.
After trying to get my Forester up the road, I chickened out 0.7 mile up. So I started at the bottom and followed the road to the mine and headed up from there. Hit the ridge with Boulder Mtn 500 feet below the summit. Got Mamma, then traversed over to Grizzly and headed down to Baldwin Lake. Nice ridge for the most part. A few spots of loose talus while trying to traverse around a couple of points along the way. Got rained on for 4 miles on the hike out.
The pup and I. Started from the 2wd parking, followed the road up Boulder Mountain, then traversed to Mount Mamma and then on to Grizzly Peak. Pup lost a bootie traversing between Mamma and Grizzly and couldn't find it in all the damn talus. Then, near the summit of Grizzly she threw another bootie, looked for it a bit, but as lightning was fast closing in decided to leave it as an offering to the mountain gods. Booked it to the summit and then hauled ass down to the lake. Then got to endure hail, rain, lightning and thunder on the hike back along the road.
Beautiful & short day. Drove 3/4 the way up Baldwin Gulch and climbed straight up Boulder Mountain. Ridge over to Mamma was fun. Kinda zoned out. The highcountry REALLY needs some snow!
Combined with Grizzly from the Baldwin Lake Road, nice connecting ridge makes for a fun 2-peak day! Thought about adding Boulder Mtn, but started to get some weather moving in.
Long but beautiful hike. By around 10 a.m. it looked like it might become cloudy but turned out to be a great day.