Red Mountain (Mar 1, 2015)

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red_mtn_coverConditions: day hike
Gear: snowshoes, ice axe
Map: USGS Polallie Ridge
Area: Salmon La Sac
Reference: n/a
Stats: 5.98mi, 1666' gain (round trip)

Not really much to report...I've been wanting to hiking up Red Mtn out of Salmon La Sac. We drove out there and parked at the winter parking area, on the other side of the river, just over the bridge. Then, we hiked up the road....the icky compacted snow and ice road walk...for about 1.6mi to the lower (winter) trailhead. The road is melted out in a few places as was the lower stretches of the trail. It's easy to spot the TH with sign. Most winter years the TH sigh is partially buried in snow. This time...nearly all melted out. So strange to hike up and be able to follow the trail the first day of March. We were able to walk the summer trail a good ways uphill and only veered to the right to stay out of the gully. Snow was pretty yucky. Not deep enough to wear snowshoes, just deep enough to be a real pain. In most winters, the snow is deep enough to cover most of the low brush...not today. What a pain... We continued uphill, crossing the road at about at about 3760'. Even on the road there wasn't much snow. Then uphill a bit more before I decided I just wasn't having fun and we bailed. Thankfully Yana was really nice about me bailing. After a lunch stop in the trees, we headed back down the way we came.

Seriously not going to try this one again until I know for sure there is a good amount of snow.
 
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