|Lee Peak from Trailing Ridge|
|Climbing Elks Club Wash|
Two days after Mummy's Toe, we were all feeling a little tired but the weather was right and rain is coming in the next day. So, trying to avoid the Saturday crowds, we headed up to Lee Canyon to climb Black Sister, a very large black rock outcropping that stands at the east end of the Sisters Ridge. Next to the black rock, there is a white rock rise we affectionately call White Sister. Last year, we found a new approach to the ridge that avoided driving out Macks Canyon Road. The trailhead is located on Lee Canyon Road shortly up from the Deer Creek Road junction. A cow grate across the pavement marks the parking area. The Fearsome Foursome parked and headed up the wash that comes in across Lee Canyon Road. Due to a few piles of old evidence, I named this Elks Club Wash.
|South and North Sisters from Trailing Ridge|
|Climbing trailing Ridge|
|Ralyn and Mike on Black Sister|
|Kay, Rita and Ralyn on White Sister|
From our perch, we could see almost all the mountain peaks on this side of the Spring Mountains NRA. Lee, Charleston, South Sister, North Sister, Macks, McFarland, Everest, Mummy's Nose and Mummy's Tummy rose around us. A slightly dark cloud floated over us and the sun was unable to scare us off the ridge. But, eventually, we were nudged off the bare ridge just by the dark cloud's presence. We circled around the front side of Black Sister and out the trailing ridge to where we had climbed up. Down, down, down we went following the trail that is sometimes a little unclear. When we got down near the bottom, we veered to the right and headed toward Saddle #2 that sits atop Many Dead Trees Wash.
Stats: 3.5 miles; 1800' gain; 4 hours