|At the top of Mt. Ireland: Jed, Mike, Rick, Ginger|
Today's hike was chosen by Jed, home for just one week this summer. It was a new location, a peak, and now accessible in our Honda truck! Mike Braymen joined us for the adventure.
Mt. Ireland, at 8320' is not one of the highest peaks in the Elkhorns, but it rises prominently alone in the western area of the range between Sumpter and Granite. We drove about 10 miles west of Sumpter and then turned up Rd. 7370 for a slow and bumpy 3 miles to the trailhead. There is a fire lookout at the summit, and we found the car parked that we later learned belonged to the lookout guard.
|Helicopter with drop bag|
|Helicopter making first swing|
|Trail went through some old clear cut areas.|
Not many wildflowers this trip. The phlox and lupine seemed past. Mostly dock and occasional fleabane and sunflower types. Did see some monk's hood growing in one damp seep.
|Sign - covered with goat hair|
on the backside!
|Lakes, Lees, and Angel Peaks from Mt. Ireland|
|Mike oriented our map to help in peak identification!|
|Tea pot plus to deter the goats!|
The west side of Ireland is a huge cirque of rocks. Just north of the peak, Baldy Lake nestles down in the trees. You can't see Downey Lake because a ridge is in the way. We built our Inuksuk out on the rocks overlooking the cirque. Jed and Mike did the construction. I just provided rocks!
|Mike and Jed with inuk construction|
|Mt. Ireland Inuksuk|
Great hike, great company!!!