Friday, December 23, 2011

Jeremy Ranch Triple Peaks

I've been planning this run all year so I'm glad I finally got it in before the snow gets any deeper.  It extends the Pinbrook Perimeter loop by adding out-and-backs to Summit Park Peak, Pinebrook Peak and Ecker Hill.

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I set off into the dark at 6am, it was 0º F, brr.  I put the microspikes on at Gorgoza Park and wore them the whole run except for the brief road section at the end of East Perimeter trail.  Toll Canyon is awesome in the dark, really calm and quiet.  I got to the top of Summit Park Peak just before dawn and hung out there for a few minutes savoring the view.  Heading back down into Toll Canyon was pretty incredible with the sun rising. Turning onto the West Perimeter trail there were no new human tracks since the last storm, but some pretty fresh moose tracks. A couple minutes later, I found the moose. Up onto the west side of Pinebrook Peak, I saw 2 more moose, then onto the top of Pinebrook peak.  I came down the steep east side of Pinebrook Peak which was fun, and followed the ridge and cut a big switchback following moose tracks that stayed on the ridge.  When I got to the Roosevelt bench there were 2 more moose.  I went down East perimeter, onto the road, back up Ecker hill and then down to home. Great run and 6 moose.  Here are a few pics.

View of Gobblers Knob from Summit Park Peak before sunrise

West perimeter trail

View of Summit Park Peak from West Perimeter

West side of Pinebrook Peak

Pinebrook Peak looking at Murdoch Peak

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