|Bridge Mountain in Late Afternoon Sun|
|Bridgepoint Peak from Bridge Mountain Peak|
|Jim's Tough Little Jeep|
|Hiking the First Mile to the Trail Junction|
|First View of Bridge Mountain from Trail|
|Susan Gazes at the Colorful Landscape|
|Bridge Peak Trail|
|Hiking Down the Red Sandstone Switchbacks|
The trail led south before turning to the left and heading down onto a bench that would eventually lead out to the base of the peak. The limestone turned to red sandstone then yellow sandstone. At this geologic line, we hiked directly to a very high cliff that overlooked Fern Canyon below. We could see the ridge that connected Mescalito Peak to the world and beyond that, Rainbow Peak, Rainbow Wall, Gunsight Peak and Juniper Peak.
|Hiking Down the Bench|
|Cairns Lead the Sandstone Way|
|Not Quite as Hard as it Looks|
|Crossing Over to the Base of the Peak|
Above, you see the finale chute down climb. Jim seems perched to attack the tiny hand holds and foot holds that are offered. From here, we crossed the last narrow sandstone passage between Ice Box Canyon and Fern Canyon far below, to the peak base.
|Kay Begins the Initial Crack to Beehive Climb|
|Ascending the Crack Area Above Ice Box and Fern Canyons|
|The Ledge Mid-Climb|
|Jim Climbs Up from the Ledge|
|Bridge from Inside Out|
|Beginning Final Ascent from Hidden Forest|
|The Last Ramp Up|
The trail circles around the near end of the forest of pines and begins climbing again; this time on a diagonal ramp that drops steeply to your left.
The photo to the left was taken by Jim as Kay and Larry climbed the last ramp in front of him.
|White Rock Hills from Near Peak|
|Three on Bridge Peak|
|Two on Peak with Lone Pine Below|
|Susan Passes the Hidden Forest on Way Back|
|Larry Peers Down at Deep Tinaja|
|That ledge was way too small, says Kay!|
The next part definitely took Kay out of her comfort zone! That 3 inch ledge that took us around to the top of the bridge is scary! The option is to go over the top and drop down to the bridge. Jim captured the scary ledge traverse in the photo above then performed the traverse like it was nothin'!
|Jim and Susan Cross the Top of the Bridge|
Next, we dealt with the beehive down climb very slowly and carefully then breathed a huge sigh of relief at the bottom of the peak. Crossing over to the bench climb, we tackled more scrambling and a little more exposure then we grabbed our stowed hiking sticks and took one last look at the cliffs above Fern Canyon. The cairns and paint marks were left behind and we began a tiring climb back up the bench to the limestone ridge.
|Happy to be Back at the Fern Canyon Overlook|
|Fern Canyon Overlook|
6.5 miles; 2800 feet elevation gain
|North Peak (Limestone) from Bridge Mountain Trail|