Photos from this trip can be found here.
In preparation for next day’s climb, pup and I headed to this one of our back burner list destinations east of the mountains for a quick conditioner. When snow isn’t present, one can literally drive up to the top of this mountain. But to get in “some” exercise, I parked two miles down the road due south of the summit after a tedious 13-mile drive.
Just past the residential area, lower portions of Derby Canyon Road were rough and rocky for low-clearance vehicles. But as the road slowly wound its way through canyon ridges beyond 3,200′, conditions became progressively better. Lots of spur roads along the way, so a GPS device would be good to help with navigation.
By taking the bikers trail up plus some road walk, total one-way distance to the summit was only about a mile. When we arrived on the summit, a convoy of SUVs and jeeps was just leaving. A couple of motorbikers showed up right afterward and I chatted with one for a while.
When another convey of a dozen or so big cars showed up half hour later, pup and I left the summit and hung out by the south ridge. The group stayed for only about 15 minutes before taking off, then we went back up to the summit and enjoyed more peace and quiet.
A bit of a hazy day with minimal views to the west and the south. The Enchantments, were largely obscured by low clouds. After the hike, we went to Leavenworth and hung out for a bit before driving to next day’s destination trailhead.
Access: Derby Canyon Road