View Full Version : Mt. Jefferson with Alex (winter 4K #45). March 6, 2012

03-08-2012, 06:51 AM
The text below is copied from my blog, "Trish, Alex and Sage." Accompanying pictures can be found there, and/or on my public Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/TrishHerr
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Jewell, Gulfside, and Jefferson Loop Trails. 11 miles roundtrip, 4150 ft elevation gain.

The forecast called for bright sunshine and clear skies, but cold temperatures and potentially high winds. We began our hike at mid-morning instead of daybreak; I didn't want to reach treeline before the temperatures had a chance to rise above 5 degrees.

The below-treeline portion of the Jewell Trail was in good shape.

Our late-start strategy worked. When we arrived at treeline, around 11:15, the temperatures felt comfortable and the wind was practically nonexistent. And...the views were gorgeous!

Looking up toward Gulfside and over to the false summit of Jefferson...

The trail above treeline was completely drifted in...

We plowed ahead, sometimes managing to follow the official trail, and sometimes not. We did see a blaze and a cairn here and there.

At times, we stopped to admire the view...

Looking back down the Jewell Trail...

The winds picked up once we reached Gulfside, but the chill was never dangerous. Our balaclavas and hats did their jobs.

Since the day was clear, it was easy to follow the cairns toward Sphinx Col.

After eating a quick snack at the col, we headed up Jefferson. The signs at the junctions had a bit of rime ice on them...

We ran into Randy Pierce and his support team a few tenths of a mile from the summit of Jefferson. It was an honor to meet him; he seems like a really nice fellow and he's an inspiration to many.

The final push to the top...


Alex on the summit of Jefferson...

We took our time on the descent. Back at treeline, the wind disappeared and we felt warm enough to delayer and eat whoopie pies.

We ran into Tim C. below treeline and joined him for the hike out. On the way down, Alex built a little snowman (Tim C. took this picture)...

The sun was setting when we returned to the cog station. Alex sat on the tracks and took in the view (Tim C. took this photo)...

It was a great day above treeline. Hope we get another one like it before March 20 so we can get Washington and Monroe...

Anna LeBlanc
03-08-2012, 12:47 PM
Great TR and beautiful photos as always Trish!Your daughters never cease to amaze me....:)


Snow Miser
03-08-2012, 02:13 PM
I second that Trish! The three of you are a real inspiration to us all. :)

03-09-2012, 02:31 PM
Thanks, Anna and Snow Miser. By the way, a fellow just showed me how to post a link to the photo album itself (instead of my whole Facebook page) -- this way, folks who want to see the pictures aren't hit with overwhelming stuff about my book. I'll do that for all future TRs since I don't want to come across as spammy.

Anna LeBlanc
03-10-2012, 07:44 AM
We would never think of you as "spammy" Trish!:p


03-11-2012, 03:04 PM
Thanks, Anna. There was a complaint on another hiking site about my linking my blog to my trip reports, since my blog now contains news about my forthcoming book and a photo of the book's jacket. Since I certainly don't want to come across as spammy, I was happy to alter my TRs to include the direct link to a photo album instead of my blog. Don't mind doing the same here.

03-11-2012, 03:31 PM
Some people just have too much time on their hands to nit pick like that...:confused:

I'm looking forward to the book coming out and I see it as a reminder.

03-11-2012, 05:08 PM
Thanks, Kathy. I don't mind changing the way I post on that one board. There are quite a few hiking forums/Facebook pages/yahoo groups/etc. out there, and each has its own set of rules. I'm happy to abide by whatever rules an individual forum sets in place.

I appreciate your support!