Original plan was Inner Basin, but since that was closed we took Weatherford. I've never been to Inner Basin so I don't know what I'm missing out on, but I really liked this trail. Perfect combination of weather, scenery, and noticeable lack of people. The company was alright too.
Did this as a shuttle and left my sweet Subi over at Snowbowl, where Randy made a 'donation' to Joe's stockpile. Then headed over to Freidlein Prairie Rd to get to the TH.. had a surprise meeting with a friend there! He helped us move an aspen from the road. Then it was time for hiking. But silly me, I forgot all my water and food back at my own car. Luckily, Preston is always super prepared, and shared his stash with me. Thank you!
Got off to a good start on the Weatherford, and briefly encountered the old Chevy wreck on that trail. Someone here has mentioned that they used to load people up and give tours on this trail. I wonder if the car was full when it went off track. Scary, when you think back to a time when there were no seatbelts. Kinda wonder what the story was on how it happened. Made it to Doyle and Fremont Saddles.. looked for a glimpse of Weaver's Needle but no such luck.
Then it was on to the segment on Agassiz. Great views from there. We stopped for a short lunch at an outcropping and watched a few hikers go by. Then it was on to the saddle before the climb up to Humphrey's Summit. "Welcome to Squaw Peak." There were tons of people milling about right there, visiting with others. We searched for familiar faces but saw none, and so started up. Hiked up the rocky trail and the false summits with minimal breaks, and then finally pushed to the top. We could not have asked for a nicer day up there.. clear skies, no wind, just beautiful. Met up with a bunch of HAZers and others from a couple other groups.. very cool! What a way to meet people.
I took a seat in the "lightning aquarium" where some lightning had busted a hole straight through a rock. Just wanted to take a picture but then found it very difficult to pry myself from that area and was very tempted just to take a short nap. But then it was time to go.
We headed back down and followed the trail toward Snowbowl. We thought it would be fun to try to find the bomber wreck, but as it turned out we were far off course. Ended up finding the real way there on the way back down, but exhaustion and the setting sun convinced us to just keep on moving down the trail. The aspens glowed brilliant orange in the dying light.. so cool. We made it to the TH, where we met up with even more HAZers.
We ended up having dinner at Jake's that evening (wow, Flag was busy everywhere that night!) and then camping out near the Abineau TH for the next day's hike.