When we first arrive in Blair Valley we wondered if we'd even make it in - there was fresh snow that was in the process of melting and what wasn't frozen was turning into a mud pit. Fortunately our trailblazer made it fine and we stopped by our first destination - an old homestead site and Ghost Mountain.
Hiking through the mud snow.
Looking back down on the snowy desert
Hm, something is not right here!
Trail to the homestead
Hey there's a nice trail in the rocks here - too bad it doesn't continue all the way to the top, just to the homestead which is about a half mile short of the 'peak' of Ghost Mountain.
The old homestead. Hey, it's a white Christmas!
Clever devices for water storage
Now, up to the top of Ghost Mountain. A flat, unremarkable summit, but hey, it's in Zdon's book so I had to mark it off!
Some of the snow back in Blair Valley
Snowy. Looking at the peaks one range over and wishing I was bagging one of those instead. Oh well, next visit. With hopefully less snow.
That's a dry lake down there - will be wet after another day of sun to melt the snow.
Granite Peak - another one we had on the list but canned due to snow.
Back in Blair valley we head over to check out some old native american morteros (grinding rocks). A previous visitor had some fun in the snow. How often do YOU see snowmen in the desert?
Cool rock in the middle of this little canyon
Wonder what they were grinding to make this hole.
Next stop: pictographs
It's pretty shaded (north facing) in here so this was a cold hike through snow.
At the pictographs
The rock with the pictographs
Back on the trail
Today's short hikes. Morteros not tracked but they were in the canyon just NE of ghost Mtn.