Today's hike was not about the wildflowers, nor was it about wide open green meadows. It was not about lakes nor creeks nor rivers nor waterfalls. Our journey was not about long distances nor really big elevation gain. The Cory & Edith Passes Loop trek encompassed other kinds of descriptions such as rough & rocky, grey & gargoyles, rugged & rooty and charcoal & clouds. What almost sounds like doom & gloom was in actuality awesomely appealing!
For the past few hikes the wildflowers were a great distraction while working to accomplish steep ascents. Today I was distracted by clouds dancing about, in & out, up & down which created an erie look while we climbed and climbed and climbed. Mountains do exist beyond those trees, believe me.
They played peek-a-boo and I had to be quick to capture them when they did peek!
It was now time to traverse beside & below Mount Edith aiming for Cory Pass.
You can see two friends making their way along the trail.
Getting closer to our high point was when we reached the snow.
A few of us settled into a spot for lunch where we had a view down into Gargoyle Valley.
But before I dined, I got this photo that puts the size of this area into perspective.
Parts of today need to be framed. Here is Mount Louis with a gargoyle in front.
When I think of "gargoyle" I think of "ornate".
The description of the frame I picked is called ornate.
I will call this my summit shot for the day as it is the highest point I reached.
(note: this distance and elevation gain is not a part of the digits listed in the profile)
After a very lengthy lunch break, it was time to move on down the steep trail.
some gargoyles above us
Mount Louis & a gargoyle with a window
you can see the faint trail we are aiming for on the bottom right
hiking down through Gargoyle Valley heading for that trail at bottom left
along the trail with Mount Louis on the left
looking back at where we hiked, see that trail on the top left
exiting Gargoyle Valley
friends scampering down the rocky bouldery section
near Edith Pass
We took a big break here as we waited to regroup before attacking the forest.
Thank you for today!