Looking down on the sandy slog we've been climbing. It looks like solid rock ahead, thank god!
Above the gendarme, I look to the left and see that Deb has made the platform. It's an easy traverse across the face here.
Alternately, I believe one can scramble up to the summit from here, but I think it's trickier. I go the way I know works.
Holy views, batman
Looking back after I have traversed across the face.
Deb at the platform
Taking a break at the platform. Not for long, though. Clouds seem to be building, and it's already been a long day. To the summit!
It's a class 2 scramble from the platform if you stick to the high ridge.
Finger Peaks and Slide Mountain
Final approach to the summit (on nice rock)
Here comes everyone!
Deb on the summit
Upper Slide Canyon, Mule Pass
Looking North from Matterhorn
On the summit. Yay!
I've wanted this one a long time. So happy!
Summit selfie with Sooz!
Dangling feet over Slide Canyon. I am happy.
Taking in the view
Matterhorn Canyon and Whorl
Heading back down the summit block. Piece o' cake.
It was a loooong hike to get to this fun short scramble.
On the descent, we stayed on the other side of the gendarme and bombed down the sand. Fun!
Looking back at the traverse/gendarme. Heading down the chute instead.
2 hours up, 10 minutes down.
Looking down on Horse Creek Pass after we've descended a bunch of the sand.
As we descend the storms build in the distance. We never get wet, though the cars were back at the trailhead.
Back at Horse Creek Pass (well, above it)
Pics don't do it justice - this is quite a large snow field.
Heading back down.
And now for the long hike back.
Back down the canyon we look back to find Matterhorn
Along Horse Creek
Descending back to the trailhead, in the trees at the bottom of the canyon.
As we started the day, we end the day. Lost 500 ft from the car.
Crossing the inlet. Yes, I got wet.
Back at the vehicles - celebratory tailgate party!
My GPS track on a map.