Those mountains were beautiful that morning, Jeff. I thought the drive and the hike were well worthwhile. The wind that was driving those clouds was icy cold, and I had to find a sheltered place to get a heavier jacket and gloves out of my pack.
Do you recommend any good resources for hikes in these roadless areas? I have “Trails of the Wild Cabinets”, but judging by your pics that book only scratches the surface of possibilities in the Thompson River area!
Thanks for stopping by, Aaron. I sent you an email so you would have my address.
The best resource that I have found is the local Ranger Stations. I also have a book “Fire Lookouts of the Northwest” by Ray Kresek that does give information on the old lookout sites. I like to hike to those peaks because they usually have good trails (coming from the old pack trails that supplied the lookouts) and were chosen especially for their visibility of the surrounding areas.
I don’t think so, Chad, although it’s quite close to the lookout. It’s very steep right there. There is another lake that’s to the north of the peak and the map shows a trail to it, so I imagine that was the water source. I wanted to hike the trail that went the other way into the Cherry Peak area so I didn’t try to hike to that lake. Either way getting water would have provided a lot of exercise for the lookout!
Good heavens, I thought I’d commented on this one before, seems I hadn’t.
It’s wonderful – all that cloud (must make it very cold up there, though). While we don’t live in mountains here, we’re in a valley and the distant hills and further mountains are often wreathed in mist-like cloud. It’s like something out of Tolkien! – As is this. Mythical.