Mountain Snowshoe Hike
|Trip Date: 03/10/2017
Distance: 5.7 Miles
Vertical Gain: 150'
Group Size: 2
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
See video of hike GPX for this trip
|An alternative location for parking is just past the turnoff for the chalet, almost to the point where the road is no longer plowed. This will cut about 1/2 a mile total off the trek if you can get to the area early enough to find a spot.|
|TThe view from the first dam
across a frozen Loon Lake to the east.
|Another look across Loon Lake toward Tells Peak in the far distance.|
|Past the dam is the first climb up a small hill, just to the right of the communications tower fondly known as the "movie screen."|
the climb up from Loon Lake level over terrain that in the summer would
be mostly impassable from the brush and manzanita which covers the area.
|Our group collecting itself
before the assault on a second big hill on the way.
|The group on its way up the
hillside, the second of three good climbs to get to the top of Red
|Mark taking a look back at the
first hill and gully we have passed since heading up from the lake.
|The final assault on the peak
heads up a pretty steep incline.
|Enjoying some lunch at the top
with incredible views in all directions.
|Looking toward Tells Peak and
some of the further Desolation Wilderness peaks far to the south of our
perch on Red Mountain.
back down a steep section on the way back toward Loon Lake.
Facing the hill like a ladder is the safest way to navigate
situations such as these.
|One last look back at Red
Mountain, where we enjoyed a cool lunch with spectacular views.
|GPS Track of the full hike.|