I met Carl and Mark this morning at 7:30 at the Exit 27 Rattlesnake Mountain trail head and we hiked the four miles to Grand Prospect.
On the way down we saw an unusual sight: a trail-running couple with a ram on a leash. By ‘ram’ I mean a huge, goat-like animal with horns. Running along with them. On a leash.
I am glad I had witnesses because who would believe me?
We put our spikes on for the descent, as the trail got pretty icy towards Grand Prospect. Lower down, no snow, then a little snow packed down, then some pretty deep stuff – very beautiful.
I have already mapped this mountain several times so I didn’t bring the Garmin today. It is about 2K elevation gain, 8 miles round trip. Lots of fun and a great workout.