We didn't really have a specific plan when we started out this morning. My objective was to check out a route on the ridge between Roger's Rock and the Four Springs trail.
I obviously wasn't very prepared as I forgot my socks. However, I am a born problem solver and I can make the most of anything! I had a Buff for one sock and Joel's bandana for the other and everything worked out fine.
We did a nice warm up on the Super Trail. From there we headed over to Roger's Rock. Along the way we saw a "No Camping" sign near a unnamed spring. Its right where there is a fabulous flat spot that would be perfect for a tent. This sign was not there the last time we were on the Roger's Rock route. Some cows who obviously couldn't read had camped out and there were enormous cow pies. I'd think twice about pitching our tent there!
We had a break at Roger's Rock and I readjusted the bandana as it didn't like to stay in place as well as the Buff did. Then we cut up the ridge to join the 4 Springs Trail. It was pretty steep and in a few places the buckthorn was starting to take over (old burn area). We stopped for another break at what I usually call the Shovel Saddle but it appears that someone has stolen the shovel! From there we followed the Four Springs trail around to the other side of the mountain past Armour Spring and then we got on the Crest trail.
We stayed on the Crest Trail until we got to Pine Saddle. From there we bushwhacked up the ridge to hit the high points including Rice and Ian. The first high point which is unnamed is the one with the best views of the cliffs along the ridge and Mountain Wrightson. We stopped there for lunch. We went over Rice and Ian as well. Ian should be named Pink Peak because of the pink rock.
We decided not to do Wrightson today since we just were up there last week. Instead we went straight down the Old Baldy trail to the car.
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.