Originally we had planned to climb some of the more challenging 14ers, but the weather forecast put an end to those plans. Last minute, Shaylee, Kessler and I decided to head up to the Sierra Madre in Wyoming. Originally I was thinking of climbing Quartzite Peak, but with the weather, I changed plans and decided that we would hike the Baby Lake Trail from Battle Mountain Pass down to the Baby Lake Trailhead.
After starting the trail, when we neared Doane Peak and Red Mountain, there was no thunder so we decided to attempt both peaks. Both climbs went well, but Red Mountain was the best of the two climbs since it had some interesting little scrambles and great views. It was raining at the summit.
After climbing the peaks we headed down Red Mountain and met the trail right where the junction of the Baby Lake Trail and Continental Divide was. We followed the Baby Lake Trail west and found out that after the first initial easy to find section that the trail was more a route than a trail and had been given back to nature especially in the blow-downs and marshy areas. We had continuing rain on and off and it began to thunder as well. We had to pay close attention to the trail markers and lost the trail several times.
Eventually the trail conditions improved and we made our way back to the highway. We had walked a total of nine miles in five hours, including quite a bit of off trail travel, so it was time for a rest. We had to wait 30 or so minutes before catching a ride back up to the pass.