Earlier this season, just when the smoke from wildfires began to blow in, we hiked up to the col and just a few steps up to the north ridge before heading down. We couldn’t see very much – it was smoky! Today was pretty clear – so up we went. The hike was as beautiful as we remembered – and we could actually SEE this time!
And then Nicky and I hiked all the way to the top of the north ridge – and that’s when the wows became full-blown. Oh my! The views! We were ringed by mountains and far below us an absolutely entrancing little tarn. But best of all: a ridge walk to a summit cairn.
It was a beautiful narrow ridge with excellent footing. The summit gave us a sense of accomplishment but it was also gratifying to be there because it was just plain beautiful.
We were in a place of utter bliss.
Then we walked back and found one of the prettiest places for lunch. And finally we hiked back down. Imagine: a total of three hours and we spent most of that in the alpine. That’s simply amazing.
That said, we have a plan. You see, there are several ridges and the south ridge has a trail on it. We saw it! Of course we have to hike it. But then there’s also an east ridge. All you have to do is go down (a fair ways) and then up again. After due thought, we figured a pretty darn fine all-day hike. We get to the col in under an hour then hike up the south ridge, go down into the far basin, hike up to the east ridge and along that ridge, then down into the basin with the tarn and then all the way up to the summit cairn we did today. It makes for a gorgeous round trip encompassing three ridges.
Yay! (Simon thinks we’re nuts!)
And so it was a beautiful day. Came back to find Simon had done massive work on getting the entire south end of our property ready for digging and planting etc.