Route: Webster-Jackson Trail ( Mt. Jackson Branch) (in and out)
Distance: 5.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 2150 ft
Duration: appx. 4hr20min including breaks
We finally got a bluebird day today and I could not have been a happier human... but this blog is called Paws on Peaks and I can assure you, the pups had a ball as well!
Despite being nervous about the intense ice conditions for the past month or so, I had a good feeling about Jackson today and the forecast only added to my hopefulness. I wasn't the only one: across from the trailhead, the pull-off was already full by 9:30. We met up with Kimberly, who we'd met through Dan on Carrigain and we set off at 10:00 under perfect blue skies and in light winter layers for the mid-twenties and wind-free conditions.
Getting to the point, this will be one of my less helpful trail descriptions; I was so caught up enjoying the hike and talking Kimberly's ear off that I didn't pay much attention! The trail was packed powder and still light/dry early in the day before the sun warmed it. At Bugle Cliff, we took the few extra steps to the ledge and peeked at the cars before hopping back on the trail.
Shortly after the overlook, we crossed the single ice bridge of the day. It was only two steps wide and the beautiful babbling noise concerned Ty! (By the time we descended there was a softball-sized hole in the ice but it looked like the result of a trekking pole.)
Next up was the junction where the Webster-Jackson Trail continued over to Webster but we opted to turn left onto the Jackson Branch based on the input of the Highlands Center staff Kimberly checked with. It was another hour before we were within a quarter mile of the summit. The snow had deepened but didn't call for snowshoes and the steepness had increased, most notably just before the summit.
|Follow the leader!
|Miss Pucker-face waiting
for the slow human
|The intensity! Pre-summit snack!
From there we tagged the summit and took a ton of photos!
|Love my Hillsounds and new Vasque Pow Wows! Very grateful for
the reviews of fellow hikers on Facebook!
|Skirting around the side of the icy ledge
|Weeeee! Always a great day when Tango runs!
|Break time with his sister standing watch
|Their favorite new friend!
|"Bring me my burger...!"