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 Post subject: Hardy Ridge, Phlox Point, a bit of snow, lots of clouds
 Post Posted: January 6th, 2018, 10:30 pm 
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First hike of 2018! :D

Wanted to see Phlox Point under snow. From Equestrian Trailhead, took the trail that goes up the west side of Hardy Ridge. Where it crosses the ridge at 2500', I was surprised at how little snow I had seen, but I soon encountered significant snow as I ascended the ridge to Phlox Point. It was intermittent though. Mostly, the ridge crest was wind scoured. I was a little disappointed. I had no views, and without the heavy snow I was expecting, there wasn't much reason to be there.

For my descent, I dropped back the way I came, but at the junction I turned left and took the east trail. It was much snowier than the west side, which pleased me. This was my first time on the east side of Hardy ridge. I explored some side roads and trails, but for the most part I took a fairly direct return to the TH. As predicted, it was drizzly in the am, dry and mostly cloudy in the pm. It would have been a better hike if I started later, but with these short days near the solstice, it's best to get an early start.

I want to go back on a clear day. I've been to Phlox Point twice now, and have enjoyed just spotty views. I want an opportunity to linger, sit on the rocks, soak in the sun.


File comment: Looking up at Phlox Point.
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File comment: Coming down now.
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File comment: A little lower on the descent, where the trail briefly ascends.
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File comment: Recommended pairing for a 6 month old IPA: cheese puffs past their BB date. It wasn't even noon yet, but I suspected this would be my last opportunity of the day to sit on somewhat dry rocks.
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File comment: A snowy trail through a mostly-bare forest.
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File comment: Complete opposite of the above pic.
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File comment: Boot Rock! I've seen pics of it, so immediately recognized it. I didn't know it was on this trail though, so quite a surprise.
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File comment: The insanely elaborate expensive bridge over modest Hardy Creek. Shocked at how much snow was down in this valley. Ground was completely bare in other places at this elevation.
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File comment: A little off-trail exploring in the big rocky clearing just north of the TH.
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 Post subject: Re: Hardy Ridge, Phlox Point, a bit of snow, lots of clouds
 Post Posted: January 7th, 2018, 5:05 pm 
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You have to be the #1 Trip report poster here these days Chip - Thanks!

I'm laid up at home feeling sorry for myself with a winter bug and missing my Sunday in the wild.

Thanks for the pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy Ridge, Phlox Point, a bit of snow, lots of clouds
 Post Posted: January 7th, 2018, 6:35 pm 
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Guy wrote:
You have to be the #1 Trip report poster here these days Chip - Thanks!

What I lack in quality I make up for in quantity. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Hardy Ridge, Phlox Point, a bit of snow, lots of clouds
 Post Posted: January 8th, 2018, 11:04 am 
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Chip, glad to see the boot is still there. It went missing for awhile a few years ago (or maybe it was knocked over and under snow when I went by)

Quality of your TRs is fine. Very good narrative - please keep it up.

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