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Cache Peak and Mount Independence From Logger Springs Road
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.25 - 16:53:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Doug Brown, Sandra McGuinness
Difficulty: 2: Off trail hiking.
An easy half day hike to Cache Peak and Mount Independence.
On a rest day from rock climbing at City of Rocks, Doug and I hiked up Cache Peak and Mount Independence. Although non-descript, Cache Peak is a high prominence peak that may appeal to some people, and, Mount Independence is so close that both peaks can be climbed in an easy half day. Escaping the oppressive heat of the valley was most appealing to us.

Taking City of Rocks Road we drove through the National Preserve and over ?Elba Pass? to the signed Logger Springs Road. This road winds it way north along a ridge-line eventually, and unexpectedly, ending at a signed trailhead Xx km from Cache Peak. There are a few junctions along the way, none of which I made especial note of, but I do remember that at one section, the road, which has been good 2WD to this point, radically deteriorates and follows a fence-line for a kilometre or so. The last few kilometres to the trailhead requires 4WD. [photo]independence_trail_sign.jpg[caption]Trailhead at the end of Logger Springs Road[/photo]

No sooner had we parked than another vehicle pulled up and a couple of folks got out. We presume they were hiking to the same destination but did not see them for the rest of the day. A good trail gradually gains elevation and reaches the saddle between Independence and Cache in perhaps a couple of kilometres before it descends the eastern side to Independence Lakes. We took this trail almost to the saddle, but, in a lightly timbered area, broke off and hiked easily to the top of Cache Peak. A sporadic foot trail was visible in some sections, but not really necessary. [photo]cache_peak_doug.jpg[caption]Doug on top of Cache Peak[/photo]

On Cache Peak we met another couple of folks from the nearby town of Burley who had hiked up from Independence Lakes by way...

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