After dodging a half dozen rigs full of elk and deer hunters, we were on the trail out of Grandjean, at 8AM, in absolutely gorgeous weather. Though the forecast was for a big change that afternoon, we were marching down the trail in cool temps, bright sunshine and no wind.
As we moved from the South Fork Trail to the Baron Creek Trail, four summited, Grandjean Peak towered above us.
At the five mile mark, we headed off trail at Moolack Creek trying to stay out of the brush filled drainage as much as possible. No such luck.
|Baron Peak in the center|
|The summit of Peak 10,330 is the left tower of the two just to the left of center|
|The rocky summit of Moolack Mountain|
|A couple of happy guys|
After snapping some pictures, we took our time coming down the summit on the extremely loose rock. Once off the rocky section we discussed heading over to Baron, but with it being 1:30 and with clouds starting to form, I didn't think it was wise. (Actually, my legs were killing me!) With that decision made, we dropped down a thousand feet and stopped for some lunch and to admire the views again.
From this point we tried our best to stay out of the brush as much as possible as we grunted and groaned our way down the 4000 feet to the main trail. Once back on the main trail we did our best to move as fast as possible back to the car, but the dogs were barking. Thankfully, we made it back to the car at 6PM.
Distance: a little over 15 miles
Time: 10 hours
Elevation: 5200 feet