Rooster Mountain Hike

Solo adventure up the lightly traveled trail to the summit of Rooster Mountain.
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img_2641 After an uneventful first few miles hiking up an old logging road it was time to try to follow a subtle trail. Opting to bypass the rock field that's barely...
After an uneventful first few miles hiking up an old logging road it was time to try to follow a subtle trail. Opting to bypass the rock field that's barely…
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img_2647 Umm...can you see the trail? Me either! There were a few cairns along the way and some infrequent flagging, but it was mostly aiming generally uphill in hopes...
Umm...can you see the trail? Me either! There were a few cairns along the way and some infrequent flagging, but it was mostly aiming generally uphill in hopes…
img_2648 Surprise surprise, there was a meadow just below the ridge. Unfortunately there was no obvious trail through this fragile section so I did my best to stay on...
Surprise surprise, there was a meadow just below the ridge. Unfortunately there was no obvious trail through this fragile section so I did my best to stay on…
img_2649 It was quite pretty with some fall colors appearing.
It was quite pretty with some fall colors appearing.
img_2652 The first view of the summit of Rooster Mountain after attaining the ridge. Still quite a distance to go and elevation to climb.
The first view of the summit of Rooster Mountain after attaining the ridge. Still quite a distance to go and elevation to climb.
img_2653 Making my way along ridge. Thankfully some wonderful person had done a great job clearing a path through the brush so the ridge was an easy part of the hike.
Making my way along ridge. Thankfully some wonderful person had done a great job clearing a path through the brush so the ridge was an easy part of the hike.
img_2654 Can you spot the cairn? Most were about this obviously so I missed a few while hiking uphill. On the way down they were easier to spot.
Can you spot the cairn? Most were about this obviously so I missed a few while hiking uphill. On the way down they were easier to spot.
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img_2658 Yeah, no thanks. Here's the rock field I avoided by coming out of the valley to the left and continuing on towards the farthest rock fields before turning...
Yeah, no thanks. Here's the rock field I avoided by coming out of the valley to the left and continuing on towards the farthest rock fields before turning…
img_2659 Traversing the side slope towards the last few hundred feet of elevation.
Traversing the side slope towards the last few hundred feet of elevation.
img_2660 It is really, really steep off the north side of Rooster Mountain down towards Mowitch Lake.
It is really, really steep off the north side of Rooster Mountain down towards Mowitch Lake.