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Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:58 pm
by Rockchucker
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

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:16 pm
by texan
Now I can really see that this is a dry winter. Thanks for the TR and pray for some snow!!!!

Texan

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:34 pm
by zorobabel
Thanks for the hike report!
How was the road to the trailhead?

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:39 pm
by Rockchucker
The road was really good, a 2wheel drive car could make it ease.

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:42 am
by zorobabel
Thanks!
Rockchucker wrote:The road was really good, a 2wheel drive car could make it ease.

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:43 am
by Rockchucker
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?

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:25 am
by zorobabel
I'm thinking of a 3 day loop next weekend-MLK day in the area.
Rockchucker wrote:
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?

Re: Winter day hike.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:28 pm
by Rockchucker
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.