Friday, September 4, 2009

SE Wright Mountain 9.4.09

Not looking for an overly challenging day I thought something benign was in order. When I woke to glorious sunshine I knew I had made the right choice. I parked at the very popular Snow Lakes Trailhead and leashed the Shepard. I knew that seeing many people meant seeing many dogs and I liked my chances better with the larger dog leashed. Thankfully the beagle's new found freedom didn't translate into him taking flight. Not really pushing the issue I made descent time to Gem Lake. Since I had already climbed Wright Mt. I thought the sister summit would be worthy. Since some non conforming summits had been added to the Home Court 100 page on it at least gave me something to cross off. I used the trail that heads to the privy and left it before actually seeing it. I crested a small knoll and dropped to a meadowy area dotted with a couple small tarns. From there it was a short boulder field to the summit. While the view to the North are blocked by Wright Mt. the views elsewhere are something to behold. With the clear sunny weather paired with the fresh snow on the higher summits made for some dramatic sights. I stayed on the summit just soaking both the warm sun and great views. For the descent I followed my uptrack to the meadowy area where I entered a nice gully that dropped me onto a loose talus field directly above the trail. The drop was somewhat loose but went well and soon I was on the trail. There were many people to negotiate as I made my way to the car but I managed to make great time.

Approx 10 miles 2500' of climb 5:30 car to car

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