I leave the Pomerelle parking lot and turn up the Mt. Harrison lookout road.
A bit further up the road, I ditch my headlamp.
I've departed the road at the cut-off and completed the long stretch towards Lake Cleveland.
I catch my first glimpse of Cache and Independence Peaks.
The destination is on the far side of this mounded east end of Mt. Harrison.
I look back over my shoulder to check on the sun's arrival. Wide open spaces.
The east ridges of Cache Peak and Mt. Independence catch some morning sun.
Alpenglow on the north summit of Mt. Harrison.
Here comes the sun! My camera has no idea what to focus on, so there's some blurriness.
The east shoulder of Mt. Harrison catches a bit of the rising sun.
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).
It's a beautiful morning.
The road heads left just ahead, then turns back to the right through the trees.
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.
The Lake Cleveland turnoff at the gates just ahead. Cary, Tom, and I spent a wintry, stormy night down there once upon a time.
The sun begins to make its way up and to the south.
Looking north into the Magic Valley, the eastern Pioneers and White Knob mountains appear through the grimy inversion haze.
The trees on the ridge are snow-smeared and narrow. It doesn't pay to have long branches up here.
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 lookout appears, along with the restroom hut.
A look back down at Albion. The north summit and attendant towers are off to the left.
I peer over the edge towards Cache and Indpendence.
The Mt. Harrison lookout. Amazing that you can drive up here on a paved road.
Mt. Harrison lookout with Cache and Independence in the distance.
The overlook is an ice sculpture. The Almo-Elba highway lies beyond and below.
The ice sculpture appears to be an ocean wave crashing toward me and away from the east.
I'm sure this kiosk is explaing that Cache Peak is the only Idaho peak south of the Snake River over 10,000' in elevation.
A look back to the east. The mound directly ahead is the Pomerelle ski hill.