Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bison Peak

Bison Peak is the highest point (12,431ft) in the Tarryall Mountain Range of the Lost Creek Wilderness. Unusual rock formations are the hallmark of this area and Bison Peak has the largest collection of them, but since it's not a sacred, glorious, transcendent fourteener the trails stay pretty quiet. In fact, we hiked it on a Saturday in mid-November and saw no one. Yes.

For most of the trail it's hard to tell exactly what makes the area special.
But once we surfaced above the dense trees and crossed this field...
...we got our first good look at why we came:
A world of gnarled granite, precarious spires, and bizarre, impossible formations:
Fantastic. We enjoyed a windy lunch at the top and did some scramble exploring, but forwent the peak because we'd had enough of the tempest:

A good day.

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