Moonbreak at Pioneer Cabin
The full equinox/Easter moon breaks over the Old Hyndman and Cobb Peak ridgeline whil light glows from Pioneer Cabin.
The overlook is an ice sculpture. The Almo-Elba highway lies beyond and below.
The Mt. Harrison lookout. Amazing that you can drive up here on a paved road.
I peer over the edge towards Cache and Indpendence.
A look back down at Albion. The north summit and attendant towers are off to the left.
The lookout appears, along with the restroom hut.
I clear the trees and head across the final 1/2 mile or so above timberline. It's like tundra over this part and the wind kicks up a bit.
The trees on the ridge are snow-smeared and narrow. It doesn't pay to have long branches up here.
Looking north into the Magic Valley, the eastern Pioneers and White Knob mountains appear through the grimy inversion haze.
The sun begins to make its way up and to the south.
The Lake Cleveland turnoff at the gates just ahead. Cary, Tom, and I spent a wintry, stormy night down there once upon a time.
A last look back at the sunrise and I forge ahead. It was quite a few minutes of glory standing here in the cold morning.
It's a beautiful morning.
The snowmobilers don't seem to observe these instructions up here. But I don't mind so much. Didn't see one all day (just heard a couple down there).
The east shoulder of Mt. Harrison catches a bit of the rising sun.
Here comes the sun! My camera has no idea what to focus on, so there's some blurriness.
Alpenglow on the north summit of Mt. Harrison.
The east ridges of Cache Peak and Mt. Independence catch some morning sun.
I look back over my shoulder to check on the sun's arrival. Wide open spaces.
The destination is on the far side of this mounded east end of Mt. Harrison.
I catch my first glimpse of Cache and Independence Peaks.
I've departed the road at the cut-off and completed the long stretch towards Lake Cleveland.
A bit further up the road, I ditch my headlamp.
I leave the Pomerelle parking lot and turn up the Mt. Harrison lookout road.
Terry Patterson rolls into the Pioneer Cabin meadow on a dry December afternoon.
South of Mt. Harrison
Looking to the south near the summit of Mt. Harrison on a December morning snowshoe.
The ice sculpture appears to be an ocean wave crashing toward me and away from the east at the Mt. Harrison viewpoint.