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14 viewsLooking at the N side of Griffith Summit. We missed the trail up to the summit- it goes straight up the ridge in the center of the photo, but there was so much snow we walked right past it. As we hiked around the West side of the peak and started to descend, we realized we had started down the Harris Springs trail, which I am told is the easier (but not prettier) way to reach Griffith Summit.
29 we turned our gaze upwards, and hiked straight up through the scree to the Summit. This was rough- I advise taking the trail along the ridge!
13 viewsBriar made it to the summit before me. Understandable, since I was hauling our heavy supplies. (Hey- the camera, 1st aid kit, GPS, and powerbars get heavy after a while!) :-)
24 viewsBriar was so excited to reach the summit she waved our carrots around. (By the way, I've read that carrots are great for high altitude hiking- some chemical helps offset altitude sickness, of which 75% of people exhibit some symptoms over 10K ft)
15 viewsThis is a great shot of the Mt Charleston summit and "The Meadows". At 11,918 ft, Mt Chas is less than 1000 ft higher in elevation than Griffith Peak.
43 viewsBriar pries open the Log Book ammo box. View N-NW.
16 viewsView East.
14 viewsView S-SE.
14 viewsView East- towards Harris Springs Trail.
14 viewsView W-SW towards South end of Pahrump. On a clear day I'm told you can see Death Valley and California.
12 viewsAnother view East- On a clear day I'm told you can see Lake Mead and Arizona and the Vegas Strip.
36 viewsThe town of Mt Charleston and Mummy Mountain in the background. Briar adds her $.02 to the logbook.
19 viewsOccasionally I can talk Briar into taking a picture of me, this one of me making a "meahhh, What's up, Doc?" pose with Mt Chas summit in the background. (Briar makes a much cuter model.)
18 viewsWe start down the ridge we SHOULD have come up, directly West of the summit. Lots of snow up here, too.
16 viewsWalking through an old avalanche zone closer to the bottom of the trail. The hike is listed at 5.5 hours, so we expected to hustle through it in about 4, but the snow slowed us down and we finished in a little over 5 hours. (with 4 hours of actual hiking time, according to the GPS)
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