Got a couple clear days in between smokey days. Definatly gonna have to make some turns off this one, come winter
This was my first real mountain summit. Its what started my love for mountians, exploration, and wonder. Thanks Hans!
With my friend Joshua, we trail ran, climbed and ran out in 7 hrs. Snowing while on top. Very wet day. Good to run.
Camped at the confluence of Bear Creek and the North Fork. Planned on ascending the peak from Bryan Lake and then dropping down the north slopes to Bear Lake where an unmaintained trail should lead back to the confluence. All OK to the summit, but then had to downclimb a steep, wet gully to get down to Bear Lake that neither myself or my dogs felt all that safe doing. Then in a raging thunderstorm, we had to bushwack 2 miles from Bear Lake back to the confluence because we never found that trail! I did find the trail where it leaves the confluence but it didn't seem to take long before it petered out. Has anyone else tried to take that trail to Bear Lake recently? I also learned that one needs to be very careful when deciding to downclimb something that you didn't climb up or don't have any info on. Luckily we didn't get cliffed out in that gully and my dogs forgave my routefinding after a couple pieces of beef jerky!
9aug10 - This time I took a group of 5 (plus myself) to the summit. Rather than return by the same route, we descended along the southeast ridge to the saddle, then passed through some high-mountain meadows and small groups of tree to reach the trail below the pass. It's a much better way to descend -- far more beautiful.
22aug09 - I would have to pick one of the hottest days of the year to climb this peak 21.1 miles (round trip) from the trialhead. Still, it was a great outing.