Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Garfield on a Clear Day, 3/19/2019

Sage and I alternate documenting our hikes each week.  Check out Sage's blog for more trip reports.

Gale River Road, Mt. Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
12.4 Miles Roundtrip
Around 3200 Feet of Elevation Gain

It felt like an average winter morning when I stepped out of the car to hike Garfield.  It was pitch dark, so we took out our headlamps, and I started the hike wearing a couple of layers.

Since the road is closed due to all of the snow, we had a 1.2-mile roadwalk to the trailhead.  Like it usually does, the roadwalk seemed to go by quickly, at least for me.

This is Sage and me at the beginning of the roadwalk.

Photo by Trish Herr

When we got to the trailhead, it was still dark, so I continued leading the way in the blackness.  We were surprised to see that the first few tenths of a mile of the trail had little to no snow.  There were just ice patches here and there in the beginning.

As we kept going, the snow became more and more plentiful, and soon enough, it was everywhere.  Also, it was refreshing and a relief when we no longer needed our headlamps.

Looking through the trees...

Up, up, up...

After maintaining a decent pace up the mountain, we arrived at the intersection near the summit of Garfield.  It was a beautiful day up there.

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage on Garfield:

Photo by Trish Herr
I was close to the summit tower foundation:

Photo by Trish Herr
There were beautiful views from the top.  My hands were getting very cold and I had difficulty taking photos, so I am including Mom's pictures on here.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage and me...

Photo by Trish Herr

The rest of the hike down the mountain was pleasant.  Soon enough, we arrived at the trailhead.  We just had the roadwalk to go from there!

Mom spotted a couple grouse on the roadwalk.  They seemed so content high up on those frail branches.

We had a great day!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Zealand and the Bonds, 3/2/2019 (Sage's Winter 4K Finish!)

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Zealand, Guyot, West Bond, Bond, and Bondcliff Peaks
Zealand, Twinway, Bondcliff, Wilderness, and Lincoln Woods Trails
23.5 Miles
4,100 Feet of Elevation Gain

Before arriving at the official trailhead, we had a four-mile roadwalk.  Since it was early in the morning, the walk seemed to go by fairly quickly.

After the roadwalk, the sky lightened.  We started to make our way up to Zealand Falls and the hut.

Once we got to the hut, we rested for a few minutes to grab a snack.  The view from the hut was beautiful.

A nice hiker took a picture of all three of us.

Photo by Trish Herr

The trail was packed out to Zealand and Guyot, so we were grateful for that.  

It was a scenic day; I could see views in all directions.

The snow was so deep that the Zealand summit sign, which is normally above Mom's head, was at our feet.  

Us on the summit of Zealand!

Photo by Trish Herr

After Zealand, we headed over to Guyot.  The day remained clear and stellar.

We had a little bit of trouble finding the path to the summit of Guyot, but we could see the top, so we just made our way over there.

We were happy to reach the summit of Guyot!

Mom, Sage, and I at the top:

After Guyot, we tried to make our way toward West Bond.  After a few tenths of a mile, we lost the path, and we came upon a couple of women who were lost as well.  We spent a long time trying to find the trail, and after a while, the two women turned back.  We, however, continued and eventually made it to the Guyot Campsite.  From there, we got lost again, but we found our way to the West Bond Spur after spending more time fighting through tree branches and deep snow.  Along the line, we spotted a few gray jays.

I was so grateful that we found the spur!  After that, it wasn't too difficult making it to West Bond.  Another hiking group caught up to us along the way and helped us pack out the trail.

I hadn't been to the summit of West Bond in years; I forgot how pointy the peak is.  Being on top of the summit made me feel more up high.

One of the friendly hikers from the group took a picture of the three of us on West Bond.

Photo by Trish Herr
Hiking up Mt. Bond felt like a breeze compared to what we had been doing earlier; prior to Bond, we fought through deep snow and tree branches that were constantly in our faces.  This was Sage and me on Bond:

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage and me...

Photo by Trish Herr
When we got to Bondcliff, it was fairly late in the day, so we ate quickly and began to head down.

Bondcliff was Sage's winter finish!  She hadn't officially completed her Winter 48 prior to that day; she was focused on the Grid and didn't concern herself so much with her winters.  Congratulations to Sage for finishing the Winter 48!

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage again...

After a very long hike down, we finally got to Lincoln Woods Trail.  We all were exhausted; it was late at night and we had hiked many miles that day.  We trudged on and just kept going.

The trail from after the Lincoln Woods intersection was flat for miles.

At around 10:30 PM, we finished the hike.  This was Sage and me at the trailhead.  We were so excited to have completed the long traverse!

Photo by Trish Herr

I have never been sorer than I was that night.  My thighs hurt so much that I could barely lift up my knees.  It felt so amazing to sit in a car after such a long day.  We had a very tiring but great hike!