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PostMon Jan 14, 2019 10:45 pm 
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A Mountaineers group broke trail to Sourdough on Saturday, so Julia and I took advantage of their hard work and headed up on Sunday. Julia wanted to "go big" lol.gif So despite the fact that neither of us have hiked at all for the past couple months, we decided to deal with the 5200' gain and be ok with hobbling today.

There was patchy snow on the trail starting at ~2800' or so and solid snow at 3000', but the path was consolidated enough from the recent traffic that snowshoes weren't really needed even after leaving the trail and heading up the ridge. Julia put hers on around 5500' and I held out until 5900', just a couple hundred feet below the summit. We spent a glorious hour on top soaking up the sun, marveling at the views and taking way too many photos.

leaving the forest
leaving the forest
davis and pickets
davis and pickets
despair, glee, degenhardt, inspiration, mcmillan, azure lake from the ridge
despair, glee, degenhardt, inspiration, mcmillan, azure lake from the ridge
julia putting on snowshoes
julia putting on snowshoes
diablo lake and beyond
diablo lake and beyond
ridge walking
ridge walking
where i stopped to put on snowshoes
where i stopped to put on snowshoes
julia in the rime ice forest
julia in the rime ice forest
more icy trees
more icy trees
path on the ridge
path on the ridge
fury - luna + stetattle ridge summit
fury - luna + stetattle ridge summit
sourdough LO
sourdough LO
summit pano 1
summit pano 1

summit pano 2
summit pano 2

summit pano 3
summit pano 3

looking back at sourdough
looking back at sourdough
awesome views from the ridge
awesome views from the ridge
awesome views from the ridge
awesome views from the ridge
on the ridge
on the ridge
heading into the trees just as the good light hits ruby
heading into the trees just as the good light hits ruby
red, logan, storm king, buckner
red, logan, storm king, buckner
julia taking in last views
julia taking in last views

4.5 hours up, 3 hours down with plenty of snack and photo breaks each way.
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 7:17 am 
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Gorgeous!  I love it when the trail is already broken... so nice!   lol.gif Looks like pretty much a perfect day.  Love those panos!   up.gif  up.gif  up.gif
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 7:24 am 
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I've monitored their site more than once in order to find a broken trail.  wink.gif

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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 10:39 am 
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Good stuff  up.gif
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 2:48 pm 
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Beautiful! This weekend was an amazing time to go high, I should have done it too! How do you check if Mountaineers broke trail somewhere?
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 4:54 pm 
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Check their schedule and go after the trip.

https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/activities#b_start=0&c4=Climbing&c4=Scrambling&c4=Snowshoeing

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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 6:19 pm 
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That looks amazing.  I never would've even thought of heading up there in the middle of winter.  Good stuff.  up.gif
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 6:20 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
That looks amazing.  I never would've even thought of heading up there in the middle of winter.  Good stuff.  up.gif

Free parking. Easy permits. No crowds. Great views. A big, safe route. I go there every winter. Great camping too.
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 9:05 pm 
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Fabulous, thanks for the pictures. Looks like the Mountaineers are doing another Sourdough trip Jan. 20.
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 9:18 pm 
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Looks like a very fun day and a good one for rubywrangler to “take way too many photos”. agree.gif
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PostTue Jan 15, 2019 10:30 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
That looks amazing.  I never would've even thought of heading up there in the middle of winter.  Good stuff.  up.gif

Just remember, if you go here in winter, leave the trail at about 3900 feet and go straight up the ridge.  Don't stay on the trail beyond that, because it traverses into the Sourdough Creek valley and then across a huge wide open slope on its way to the lookout.  Views from the higher ridge are better anyway.

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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 12:04 am 
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Thank you for the poignant tip about the winter route Matt.  up.gif
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 12:03 pm 
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Wow go big indeed!  Thanks for getting my cousin back down safe!  smile.gif
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 12:40 pm 
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Posting here so I remember to do this hike this year.
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PostFri Jan 18, 2019 7:25 pm 
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Spectacular weather and views!  Love Sourdough. The only "Ruby" I see is Ruby Mtn.....no Ruby- dog along?
( oh wait, it's in the NP  hockeygrin.gif )

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