Monday, April 25, 2011

Mt. Jenkins Hike

This past weekend I hiked Mt. Jenkins with Luke. It was a nice hike. Even though it's not too hard, I was very sore for the next few days. Must be getting old.

Mt. Jenkins is a 7921 foot peak in the southern Sierra mountains roughly west of Inyokern, CA. We started from the 4wd road trail head in Indian Wells Canyon. Here's a map centered on the parking area. This map is centered on the peak. The weather started off overcast and windy. I wore plenty of layers and needed them at the beginning. Here's my obligatory rover shot, lookup up toward the peak.

By the time we reached the summit, the sun was out. On the way down, we passed several PCT hikers that were bagging the peak. The PCT goes around the mountain about half way up. We also saw several people performing trail maintenance on the PCT there.

The lower half of the mountain had been burned in a recent wildfire. The lack of vegetation left the ground loose and made for slow hiking.

Here are a few more shots from the summit.

This rabbit froze as we approached on our descent.

There were plenty of wild flowers in bloom on the bottom of the hill.

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