The bus picked me up at 6am and left me in the dark at 7am. I headed up with my headlamp on, but soon the sun came up. I had 8 hours to do this 5 hour hike, so I took my time. I did not want to get cold before my pick up at 3:15-3:45.
It was cold and windy at the top and it was snowing, so I did not linger. I dropped back down to just above horse camp and had my second hot cuppa there. I had my first cuppa at about 800 feet because I thought I felt a migraine coming on.
I am not a morning person, so these early morning bus trips take it out of me, but at least I get to see the sunrise and catch the morning sweet light.
I broke the trail and did a lot of postholing on the ridge. at 1:40 I saw two guys in their 30-s to 40's heading up with no packs and wearing nothing but cotton tee shirts, shorts and running shoes. That's crazy.
My bus went right past the turn off for Mount Rose and I was afraid it was going all the way to staircase, but it did not. The driver turned around and picked me up 5 minutes later.
I never get solitude on Mount Rose anymore.. has my blog got something to do with it?
7 miles 3,400 feet elevation gain.
|dappled sun on moss|
|Patches! U no like this bridge?|
|Panorama from near the top|
|The mighty Summit|
|The mighty Summit from a different angle|
|I got to break the trail|
|Glad I brought my gaiters!|
|Pipe Cleaner moss lines the trail|