Scott Mountain via Hand Lake

September 10, 2005

The night before was cool and rainy. Before leaving home I went on line to check with the automated weather station at Hoodoo Butte to learn the temperature, wind precipitation etc. During the previous 24 hours the temperature hovered between 32 and 40 degrees. It would have been prudent to alter the hiking plans but we were all set on seeing the summit of Scott Mountain.

From the Hand Lake trailhead we hiked around to the north side of the mountain and bushwhacked up the north slope. Max helped me locate the old, barely marked trail. I warmed up with exertion and hiked in only a thin, short-sleeved T-shirt. We ate lunch at a small lake and dark, low clouds rolled in. Rain turned to sleet, turned to snow. We didn’t swim here as some of us have in the past. In fact we cut the hike short and retreated back to the car. These enjoying the adventure were Max Brown, Maggie Gontrum, Yuan Hopkins, Joanne Ledet, Sheila Ward, and trip leader Dave Predeek.

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