The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Such was the case for Saturday’s hike of Indian Mountain. We (me and my hiking partner, Vic) had planned on taking a shorter, less arduous route to the summit from the east. The two screen shots below depict the route that we planned to take. This route was from the opposite side of Indian Mountain than the one I attempted previously, which was from the west.
The screen shot below is of the round that we took to get to the trail head. Turning onto Indian Creek Road, we followed it down to what we assumed would be the trail head.
What we found at the red vertical line was a a bit disheartening…
Ok, so this was not the actual sign we saw, but it was crudely handwritten and said in no uncertain terms that there was to be no trespassing and violators would be prosecuted. There was also had a large cattle gate across the road that was locked and chained multiple times. Considering how touchy property owners in these parts can get, we thought we would see if the house nearby might be the owner and grant us permission. We ambled over to the driveway only to find another no trespassing sign, a beware of dog sign and a keep off property sign. Denied!
We seriously considered bagging the hike altogether when one of us had the not so bright idea of having another go at one of the west side routes (that would be me). We jumped in our vehicles again and headed back to town and Mink Creek Road, which we followed until we reached the Kinney Creek trail head. Vic and I took the same route to the summit, but our routes back to the trail head differed quite a bit. His GPS is his whole trip, not split showing to and from.
My trip up:
My trip down:
Here is Vic’s GPS track for his entire trip:
The first picture below is one I found on the net of Indian Mountain. The remaining photos I took on the hike itself.
We decided to take the south ridge route to the summit (uuggh, what a grind) compared to the steeper face route, which I ended up taking down from the summit.
Once we finally reached the upper ridge line that would lead us to the summit, we had some nice views.
First pic is looking down at the route we had just come up, the second is of Vic on his way south, along the upper ridge line to the summit, which can’t be seen yet.
The final push for the mountain itself (first pic below), then another quarter mile to the actual summit.
Finally reached the summit marker. Didn’t notice a register, but the place was swarming with horse flies, and we didn’t stay long enough to go digging around in the cairn. Beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Below is the video I took of the trip, well, at least the portion of it that differed from the video of my last attempt to summit this mountain.