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Winter day hike.

Postby Rockchucker » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:58 pm

I decided to play hooky yesterday so a friend and I decided to hike the Sage flat trail up to summit meadows. The weather has been disturbingly nice so I just had to take advantage of it.

We left at 5:00am and got to the trail head around 7:00. It was 27 deg F so I had a tough time deciding what layers to bring, and as usual I brought too much. We started up the trail in time to catch a nice sunrise.
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Looked like a few people must have hiked the trail last weekend, which turned out to be a blessing. About halfway up I spotted an interesting rock with a neat green patina and a interesting date carved into it.

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Shortly after that the views got better and better.

Looking towards Haywee.

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Looking at the southern edge of Owens not so dry lake.

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Next we got into some snow.( this is where I was glad someone else punched the way)

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False summit.

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Summit pass.

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Summit meadows and kingfisher ridge.

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Looking towards Kennedy meadows.

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Looking towards chimney peak

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A cool old dead tree.

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South fork of the Kern river is down there.

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Another shot of Kingfisher ridge and Brown mountain on the right.

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Olancha peak.

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A old trough for watering stock at whiskey creek.

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It was a nice hike 4600 vertical feet of gain and just shy of 14 miles. Hope you enjoy the silly phone photos.

Tyson
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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby texan » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:16 pm

Now I can really see that this is a dry winter. Thanks for the TR and pray for some snow!!!!

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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby zorobabel » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:34 pm

Thanks for the hike report!
How was the road to the trailhead?
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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby Rockchucker » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:39 pm

The road was really good, a 2wheel drive car could make it ease.
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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby zorobabel » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:42 am

Thanks!
Rockchucker wrote:The road was really good, a 2wheel drive car could make it ease.
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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby Rockchucker » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:43 pm

zorobabel wrote:Thanks!
Rockchucker wrote:The road was really good, a 2wheel drive car could make it ease.

Are you planning on hiking the trail soon?
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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby zorobabel » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:25 am

I'm thinking of a 3 day loop next weekend-MLK day in the area.
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zorobabel wrote:Thanks!
Rockchucker wrote:The road was really good, a 2wheel drive car could make it ease.

Are you planning on hiking the trail soon?
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Re: Winter day hike.

Postby Rockchucker » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:28 pm

A good one would be to go in at sage flat then come out on Haiwee pass. Just connect the 2 with the honey bee trail.
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