|Lee & Charleston Peaks from Bristlecone Trail|
|Lee Canyon Overlook at Top of Chute|
There were three distinct whines throughout the course of the day:
“Damn, this is steep!”
“This is the hardest hike I’ve ever done with the club.”
“This hike should have been rated very strenuous.”
|Lee Peak Summit with Charleston Peak in Background|
|Back at the Top of the Ski Slopes|
Tough terrain all day, but the precipitous chute took all the honors. The absolute crux of the hike. The sharp ascent was slow, taxing and laborious. But the new descent route got premier billing. It was a monster. And things got a bit dicey as rocks began to cascade down the slope. The entire group wisely spread out all over the mountain to avoid the occasional landslide. Big relief to get back to the top of the chairlift. Unscathed.
It was another keeper.
Vitals: 11 trekkers, 7 miles, 3300’, 5 3/4 hrs.
|Down after a Hard Day on the Trails|