The previous day I had traversed the Matterhorn under mostly thin high overcast. See Climbing Matterhorns - Part 2 Nevada On the 2nd morning it was perfectly clear and -5C. I had a fairly early start and hiked back up the road and followed the trail to the end of the valley. [photo]img084.jpg[caption]Jarbidge Lake from ridge E of Cougar Peak[/photo]
Jarbidge Lake was a small pond, mostly frozen in a snowy meadow. I had a long rest in the sun and ate part of my lunch, then followed the trail to the pass to the east and then the long ridge north to Cougar Peak. [photo]img085.jpg[caption]The summit ridge of Cougar Peak[/photo]
On the summit a cold wind was snapping and it was too uncomfortable to stay long, so I went back down a long way until I found a sheltered spot to finish my lunch. I then returned the way I had come. In the evening I walked into "town" for dinner. There was a small restaurant known for their roast beef, but it was the wrong day and I had to contend myself with simpler fare. I had not brought my headlamp, but walking back on the dark road in starlight was no problem.
On the last morning I drove on to Elko on gravel roads south then west across the mountains to join Hwy225 South of Wild Horse... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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