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Wkend backpack up Haiwee Pass to Round Mtn

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 7:11 pm
by Trailtrekker06
Did a little backpack to get warmed up for the season. Different country, lots more wildlife - we saw lots of deer (timid ones, so they must not see too many people), a bear and a cougar! Unfortunately, no good pics of those. :(
Pics here:

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:06 pm
by Trekker

I think if I ever saw a cougar, I would probably forget I had a camera, where I was, and who I am, just from the sheer awe (and maybe a little healthy fear :eek: ) of seeing it!!! :nod:

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:20 pm
by Trailtrekker06
yeah Trekker- that's exactly what happend! John was climbing up a rock pile near camp- we were just looking around before setting up- and he was 3 feet away when he saw it- all I heard was -"uh uh uh - Sooz- big cat, big cat !!!!!" By then it got up and slowly slinked down the other side of the rocks, then *poof* gone down the canyon. I did see it's big fat tail and got to see it completely but it was waaaaaaaay down the canyon. I got a pic, but you have to magnify it a bunch of times and then can barely make out a cat head- (gotta save for a 18-200 lens!). Still very exciting.

Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 5:59 pm
by Haiwee
Haiwee pass is my favorite east-side entry (as anyone who notices my forum name might surmise). The several times I've hiked it I've never seen another hiker -- and at my age I prefer solitude, particularly on my solo hikes.

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 2:27 pm
by Skibum
Very cool Sooz!

Is this south of Kennedy Mdws?

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:13 pm
by Trailtrekker06
Haiwee- Yes, very nice and quiet out there- we did see one set of footprints in front of us, though. There was no car at the TH except ours. Turns out the person was on Round Mtn for lunch that day. He was the first sign in for the year , we were the second.
Skibum- Hi there! No, it is North of Kennedy Meadows, and just south of Olancha.