Waldo Mountain

October 6, 2007

The group claimed this hike as the first Winter Trip! The leader also learned a great lesson about not trusting the long range weather forecast. After postponing from the previous weekend because of forecasted heavy rain (that actually happened) to the following Sunday, she checked the forecast again and decided that Saturday sounded better. Wrong! However, the group of seven sturdy hikers all assured her that they enjoyed the day. As we drove to the trail head, we started seeing more and more snow along the side of the road, and as soon as we headed up the trail, we were in the stuff which soon reached the depth of several inches. But the temperature was pleasant and everybody was willing to see how far we could get. Well, thanks to Dick Hildreth and Sam Miller (who wisely had brought gaiters with them) and their trail breaking skills, we reached the lookout on the summit. Views were minimal although we could just see Lake Chetlo through the mist. Dick’s map and compass skill then helped us find the trail down. The sun made a brief appearance, prompting us to head for the Waldo Lake shoreline, passing Elbow Lake on the way. After lunch on the rocks, the group headed back to the main trail to Waldo Meadows where we met up with fellow Obsidians Jan and Rich Anselmo. It seems that only Obsidians were out this day as we didn’t even see (or hear) any hunters. Hikers were Obsidians-all – Brad Bennett, Dick Hildreth, George Jobanek, Art Kearney, Becky Lipton, Sam Miller, and leader Chris Stockdale.

Waldo Lake shoreline (photo by Chris Stockdale)

Art coming down the mountain (photo by Chris Stockdale)

Dick enjoys lunch at the lookout (photo by Chris Stockdale)

Dick, George and Sam (photo by Chris Stockdale)

Reaching the top (photo by Chris Stockdale)

Waldo ’07 group (photo by Brad Bennett)

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