Slip Slidin’ Away

Red Cones to Horseshoe Lake
(6 miles, +1,500/-1,200 feet).

Today was super chill.  We rented a place in Mammoth for tonight, but check in was not until 4pm, so we took our time getting up.  We had a long breakfast, and then Geo, Bee’s Knees, Ultrashuffle, and I climbed up to the top of Red Cones.

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Nowhere to go but here
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Bee’s Knees on Red Cone
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Just as amazing the second time!
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Bee’s Knees finds the register
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Is anybody home?
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The Ritter Range

Meanwhile Finder climbed the other cone across the way.

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Finder’s view from the other cone

After descending, we all packed up and headed towards Mammoth Pass.

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Here we go
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Whee!
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Geo and some big rocks

The snow was higher than when we crossed a week ago, this time starting around 9000 feet.

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Into the snow

With no trail visible, we followed other people’s footsteps for a while.  But we turned east sooner than we should have and we ended up going above a cliff band that we should have passed below.

The silver lining is that we found a nice use trail to the Pass, and near the end of it we found nearly perfect conditions for glissading down the extra 100 feet we had climbed.

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Geo
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Scamper
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Finder
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Bee’s Knees
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Well that was fun!

We stopped at the wilderness boundary for a group shot.

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Say cheese!

This time we passed McCloud Lake.

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Sweet!
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JimmyJam takes in one more lake
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A beautiful hue

From there we made our way down to Horseshoe Lake

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Horseshoe Lake

And then we were done!  We walked a bit to where the road was gated and then left Bee’s Knees with our packs under a shade tree.  We thought we would have to road walk down to Twin Lakes.

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Top of Twin Falls

But the trolley was waiting for us after about half a mile.  It took us down to our cars and we went back for Bee’s Knees and the packs.

And then all that was left to do was to gorge at the Mammoth Brewery…..

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Mmmmmm…..  Beer……

I can’t wait to do it again!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Hello, my name is Adam from ParagonTrails, and I just discovered your blog! Stunning scenery in these photographs, and Horseshoe Lake looks so clear! I really like your website, and I’m going to check out the rest of it. Looking forward to more awesome photographs, and I hope you have fun on your future journeys! Happy Trails!

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