Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Macks Peak - 7/30/13

Macks Peak

One Great Dead Tree

 Today's Super Tuesday hike was not so super on the distance but very super on the steepness. Macks Peak is located north of the Sisters and the hike begins at the end of Macks Canyon Road, a high clearance road that turns off of Lee Canyon Hwy. Mike OC and Susan M. provided photos and narration for the short hike today as follows:

The fire was out, the sun was up, no rain would fall today.
Mack's Peak beckoned from afar, ten hikers made their way.
Macks Peak is a Steep Climb

Following a short one-hour drive, nine robust gentlemen and a solitary distaff trekker (the inimitable Susan Murphy) opened the car doors to a crisp, 58-degree morning.  Summers in the upper elevations of the Spring Mountains are an absolute delight.  Leaving the trailhead at 8300', the normal Mack's approach up the dry wash was anything but normal and dry.  Recent rains were in evidence as a crystal clear rivulet of water guided us up the narrow canyon.  Just a tad slippery.

The Other End of Macks Peak

At the base of the final approach, sticks and egos were stowed, as the crux of the hike lay in front of us:  250 vertical feet of steep talus and loose rock.  Not a problem for this crew, as the formidable gang of ten inched their way up upward.  After an al fresco lunch on the summit, a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' echoed through the canyon as Tim Borem celebrated 52 years on the Good Lord's verdant earth.  Good on ya, Timmer.  Shall we go down?

Ten Hikers on Top

Mack's Peak had our six o'clock, ten hikers bid adieu.
Down her flank they scampered, the trek was all but through.

Vitals:  3 1/2 miles, 1800 vertical feet, well under three hours.  
(Our resident MIT mathematician John Chang calculates a 21% average ascent rate). ~ Mike OC

Steep Climb = Steep Descent

Happy Birthday, Tim! Still Lookin' Good!

Macks Peak Hike with Macks Canyon Road
Steepness Factor

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