After-Work Hike to Porphyry Peak Leads to After Dark
After getting a later-than-expected start (around 5 p.m.) due to waiting for a no-show, seven of the GiG headed to the Little Belts for an evening adventure. When we arrived at the top of Kings Hill Pass, parked and started walking, we had to reroute from the trail to the dirt road due to construction in the campground.
Without snow, the road is easy to see and follow. Apparently, the forest service was taking down dead trees and had closed the campground. Instead of continuing up the road, we decided to go up the gut of the ski hill. Going this way, gave Mary S the workout she wanted. She had a full backpack with about 30 pounds to get in shape going uphill as she was getting ready for a backpack trip.
The climb was a good one, but everyone made it easily. At the top, we stopped at the picnic tables to have dinner and enjoy the views of the mountains. A few of us climbed up the lookout tower to get even better views. Unfortunately, the lookout wasn't in the tower at the time.
Then we went down the road that curves around the side of the peak.
After, we jumped int o the cars and were going to stop at Bob's Bar, but it was closing at 9 p.m and it was almost 9 when we got there. Then we continued on to Monarch and stopped at Cougar Canyon but it too was closed. So we arrived home at just after 10 p.m.
Who went: Kuntzie ,Gail, Sue Julie, Josy, Mary S, Susan W,