|Trailhead view of our objective|
The alternative plan was to climb to a lookout on Miners Peak, deep in the South Fork of the Salmon River mountains. Though it looked like a big day, I talked Dan into joining us for a little training hike. We left Boise at a little after 6 and met up with John and Julie Platt at the turn off to Warm Lake right at 8AM. Once they climbed into the truck, we took off for the winding hour long drive to the trailhead at Reed Ranch. We were on our feet and moving at 9:30 in fabulous conditions.
|You can just make out the lookout on the right|
|Tamara heading out with snowshoes on her back|
|Crossing the South Fork of the Salmon|
The trail stayed on the south side of the ridge keeping it snow free for the first 1500 feet. We made reasonably good time even though we did stop for a couple of union breaks along the way to remove layers and have a bite to eat. Once we reached 6000 feet we hit constant snow and were surprised to find it holding our weight even though it was relatively warm. Unfortunately, this didn't last too long so we strapped on the snowshoes and continued upward.
|Tamara all smiles in her new shell|
|John contemplating the route to the top|
|Heading up the steeper section|
|John leading us over the summit ridge.|
|The final 50 yards|
Other than the snow becoming slushy and making the decent of the steeper sections a little slippery, the trip down was long and uneventful. We finally arrived back at the truck around 5:30PM and were all a little beat from the great day.
|Dropping off the summit ridge|
Mileage - Approximately 12
Elevation - Approximately 4000 feet
Car to Car Time - 8 hours