Three days of travel. What better way to break up the drive than with a couple of summits on the way!
Setting out for Ashland, Oregon on a rainy, windy Flagstaff afternoon. Co-pilot is ready!
In Kingman, Arizona, Zoroaster poses for the tourists who just off-loaded from their bus.
Heading into the bright lights of Las Vegas!
#1 Mount Charleston, Nevada (11,918')
Less than an hour from The Strip in Las Vegas sits Mt. Charleston, it's name-sake wilderness area and jaw-dropping views!
Shad Mickelberry joined me for the run.
Looking up the avalanche gully towards the long summit ridge.
Mummy Mountain, Charleston's twin, sits across the valley.
Old bristle cone pine skeletal remnants still stand.
The final approach to the summit cone.
Looking back from where we have come and must return. Looking down at the small town of Mount Charleston and the trailhead location.
Looking west to Parhump, Nevada and Death Valley beyond from the summit.
The remains of a not-so-lucky helicopter trip.
Looking back along the ridge and the summit cone of Charleston.
Typical ridge line trail.
Zoroaster drinks from one of the few natural sources in the Spring Mountain Range.
#2 White Mountain, California (14,252')
White Mountain is the third highest peak in California. It lays due east of Bishop, CA. You can see the trail/jeep road winding its way up the summit cone and the research station on top.
The 30-mile drive to the trailhead was as much an adventure as the run itself! Can you say lunar landscape?
On the drive in: Overlooking the Patriarch Grove, an ancient bristlecone pine forest (more than 40 centuries old).
Trailhead at Barcroft Gate (11,685')
Frisbee at near 12,000'.
Barcroft Research Station (12,475'). Two miles into the run.
The long jeep road that leads to the summit.
Looking from the summit over to Boundary Peak (Nevada's highest point).
Green agricultural fields in the valley west of the peak.
#3 Black Butte, California (6,334')
Black Butte (an old volcanic cone) looks big, when not dwarfed by its neighbor Mt. Shasta.
The trail near the top gets a little rough.
Views from the circumnavigating trail.
Looking down on I-5 and Castle Crags on the horizon beyond.
Looking down into the caldera.
Looming Mt. Shasta (14,179') makes you feel small, even while sitting on a high mountain like Black Butte.
Moments of Zen...
Coaching Tip: It is important to stay both fueled and...
...hydrated on your long runs!