Mt. Ray

September 23, 2001

The Mt. Ray trip was a little different than the usual Obsidian hike. For one thing, there was no trail. Also, we had a bit of scrambling near the summit. The rewards were a feeling of isolation and a wonderful view. We parked at the Betty Lake parking lot near Waldo Lake and headed west after crossing the outlet of a little lake (Lower Betty Lake?). The setting was a moderately sloping, beautiful, open hemlock forest with little downfall and practically no bushwhacking. In wintertime this north-facing slope of Mt. Ray offers wonderful skiing. At about the 6000 ft. level we crossed a ridge above some rocky outcroppings and turned somewhat to the south towards a gentle saddle between the main and east summits. The two technoweenies on the trip were equipped with GPSs and compasses, loaded with waypoints and downloaded maps. The hitech gear was perhaps a bit of overkill. Certainly, the route could have been found entirely by dead reckoning. At the saddle we gained the ridge between the two summits and headed west for the main summit, enjoying the view of Gold Lake and the mountains to the south. There was a bit of scrambling on the ridge which involved passing some rocky outcroppings mostly on their northern sides. When we reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. we could enjoy the wonderful view of Waldo Lake and the mountains to the north, though it was hazy and we could barely see Mt. Jefferson. After a leisurely lunch and a photo session we headed back down and were at the car by 1:15. Enjoying the trip were John Jacobsen, Mark Slipp and John Mowat (leader).

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