Day 3 Wind River High Route – Oh Those Towers

from the Big Sandy Lodge
from the Big Sandy Lodge

July 25
Big Sandy Lake to Big Sandy Lodge – 18 miles

Route: Big Sandy Lake * Jackass Pass * Cirque of the Towers * New York Pass * Shadow Lake * Big Sandy Lodge

Photo journal:

Morning light on lake on the way up Jackass Pass
Morning light on lake on the way up Jackass Pass
First glimpse of the Cirque of the Towers ~ Why Not
First glimpse of the Cirque of the Towers ~ Why Not
Morning light ~ Arrowhead Lake
Morning light ~ Arrowhead Lake
Top of Jackass Pass
Top of Jackass Pass
Cirque of the Towers ~ Lonesome Lake
Cirque of the Towers ~ Lonesome Lake
Just me and my shadow
Just me and my shadow
Gotta love those lake reflections ~ This is one of the best ~ Lonesome Lake in the Cirque of the Towers
Gotta love those lake reflections ~ This is one of the best ~ Lonesome Lake in the Cirque of the Towers
Famous Pingora Peak ~ look closely and there are climbers on the face!
Famous Pingora Peak ~ look closely and there are climbers on the face!
View of our next destination ~ New York Pass (middle)
View of our next destination ~ New York Pass (middle)
Wired taking a small break to look back at the Cirque
Wired taking a small break to look back at the Cirque
Nice grassy ramps and rock to climb up the pass
Nice grassy ramps and rock to climb up the pass
Cornice at the top of New York Pass
Cornice at the top of New York Pass
View from the top of New York Pass
View from the top of New York Pass
On top of New York Pass
On top of New York Pass
Why Not on top
Why Not on top
New York Pass
Wired descending down New York Pass on talus and boulders ~ The guidebook suggested the middle gully. It was hard to tell from the top which one was the middle ~ We did pick the easiest.
Why Not descending the loose talus
Why Not descending the loose talus
View looking from the bottom. It is clear from here the optional gullies.
View looking from the bottom. It is clear from here the optional gullies.
Wired hanging out before dinner at Big Sandy Lodge
Wired hanging out before dinner at Big Sandy Lodge
Family style meals at the Big Sandy Lodge ~ We chose to hike 10 miles out for food resupply, showers, laundry, hot meals (included with lodging), and a soft cozy bed. The lodge is rustic and very friendly to hikers.
Family style meals at the Big Sandy Lodge ~ We chose to hike 10 miles out for food resupply, showers, laundry, hot meals (included with lodging), and a soft cozy bed. The lodge is rustic and very friendly to hikers.
View from the Big Sandy Lodge ~ Mud Lake
View from the Big Sandy Lodge ~ Mud Lake

 

FOOD OF THE DAY
Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Seasoning Blend and Tapatio Sauce Packets

After borrowing from Why Not some of this very tasty, salty, spicy, lightweight, and tangy seasoning, I was hooked. I sprinkle it on everything: potatoes, all my dinners, and noodles. I store mine in a small zip lock pill pouch I buy from Walgreens.

Second on the tasty list is Tapatio Hot Sauce. After hiking the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, I have carried these little pouches of goodness on every trip. Basically you can pour it on anything. Yum.

WRHR 2016 -Day 3 (22)

8 Comments

  1. Congrats on the big finish.

    I just love the Cowboy Blessing. Thanks for seeing in it the beauty of the life outdoors and bothering to photograph it.

    The Jackass Pass photo is pretty funny. Gotta have as many laughs as you can.

    The Me & my shadow photo is great too. It’s easy to see it is you in your trucker hat and pig tails! (or pony tails, hope I got that right, ha)

    That Cornice photo looks very intimidating. Glad it looks as if you could top out on the talus rather than that icy steep wall.

    Many lovely photos in this post. My favorite is the View from the Big Sandy Lodge ~ Mud Lake. It is all so surean and calming.

    Welcome back home. I hope your school year goes well. I’m sure you already have plans for next summer vacation already brewing in your head if not already on the books!

    • Christy "Rockin'" Rosander

      Warren you never miss a thing! Seriously!

      Thank you again. Such motivation you give me.

      And yes planning, planning, and more planning.

  2. Beautiful photos!

  3. Absolutely stunning… an adventurer’s playground… The lonesome lake picture was my fave.. and again with the steepness!! with sliding rock?? Dang! Someday I hope to be fit enough to do this route.. well, fit and fearless enough. 🙂

    • Christy "Rockin'" Rosander

      Ahh those lake pics. Funny how we all have our favorites: clouds, mountains, sunsets, sunrises, and the lakes. It is so fun when the lighting is just right.

  4. Maggie. ( Big Granny)

    Hey Rockin! So glad you put these pictures up! They are FANTASTIC!! Thanks for sharing! You know we live through You, Wired, and Why Not! All of your adventures mean so much to us. Now, still following Wired and Drop N Roll. The summer isn’t over for us yet! Have a wonderful school year! Enjoy your HYOH’s….. By the way, haven’t seen much about your kiddo’s. I hope they are still hiking too!

    • Christy "Rockin'" Rosander

      Hello Big Granny,
      You are so sweet. No the summer is not over yet.

      Ahh you asked about the kids. Grant (Silly Chili) is a pediatric ICU nurse in Nashville. He is doing a lot of rock climbing and plans to hike the PCT in 2017. Bryn (Stealthy) just started teaching 5th grade in Riverside and is planning on joining Grant on the PCT next summer. It is going to be a great summer.

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