|Cougar Ridge Trail to Mummy Mountain|
|Old Deer Creek Road across from Trailhead|
|Climbing Horse Ridge|
The Fit Five set off from the Deer Creek Picnic Area parking lot for a fun and challenging hike up to Raintree. The route would be a loop that included Horse Ridge, a ridge that climbs up from the trailhead area to Cougar Ridge Trail above. We crossed the pavement and climbed the embankment to turn right. This old abandoned Deer Creek Road led us up to an intersection of dirt roads where Horse Ridge drops down. We picked a place and started climbing. The ridge is bare enough that a route is easily chosen. There are a couple of horse trails that lead up the ridge. We climbed until we reached a small rocky tor where the views are already outstanding and we took one of our group photos.
|The Khaki Brigade on Cougar Ridge Trail|
|Cougar Ridge Trail and Mummy's Toe|
|Old Sawmill at Deer Creek|
|Shaded Deer Creek Trail|
Years ago, I remember being very impressed with the history of the sawmill and the workers' quarters down below. Now, the quarters are a dangerous rotting place and the sawmill is unrecognizable with brush grown up around. We continued out the sawmill road and connected with the Deer Creek Trail. It was a very cool morning and the sun had not reached the confines of the trees. Into the cold darkness, we hiked. At the landmark boulder, we started up the steep approach to the top of the ridge. Then, we began our second tough climb of the morning. None of us were in much of a hurry and we tend to climb at the same speed to stay together so we slowly put one foot in front of the other until we reached the junction of the cross trail above. Turning to the right, you will end up on Mummy's Toe ... or Knee ... or, Tummy, if you are really ambitious. Turning to the left, like we did this morning, takes you to Mummy Springs first. The aspens and some of the ground cover are showing some signs of turning yellow. Interesting. We are going from 100+ degree weather in the valley to yellow mountain aspens in a very short amount of time. We are all very ready for that! We passed Mummy Springs without a visit up to the trickle and moved up the trail to Raintree about 1/3 mile away.
Stats: 5.1 miles; 1900' gain; 4 hours
|Following a Trail|
|Back on Cougar Ridge Trail|
|Water in Deer Creek at Picnic Area|