We got soooo close! We just didn't have the time or the energy to go any further. Upon reaching the end of the first little leg on the old road we got some wonderful views of the back side of McGinnis.
|Looking down the creek, towards the sun.|
After this rest we headed up the trail. From here there were no more motor vehicles and the trail was very lightly used. We passed a family that were playing along side the creek and had reached a point they were not going past with the children. We plowed on ahead, making tracks in freshly fallen snow, no one had been this far in some time. About a mile or so in there is a bridge to cross the creek, this was a good chance to show the massive ice dams that we had been walking next too. During our last thaw a serious amount of water and ice moved down the valley, in places it was 2-3 feet thick and pushed up into piles even bigger.
|This is the lessor scary of the two, the top is solid ice and under is about 2-3 feet of powder. Bit sketchy!|
I wish I had gotten a shot of the really big washout, but I was just so glad to have gotten us both across safely both ways that I didn't think about it. Then after we returned to the old road part we were greeted with a nice sunset on McGinnis.
|The left peak is Stroller White and right is McGinnis|
|Some time in the summer, not now, we are going to summit this and run the ridges! Yay!|
|Its hard to capture, but it looks like thousands of little mushrooms, each flat surface is a hexagon of crystals on a pedestal of ice, very cool|