Hiking4:54:55 4.04 mi (1:13:00 / mi) +628m49:13 / mi ahr:112 max:152 shoes: La Sportiva Jackal - Opal/Paci
summit attempt of mt. ward from our random camping site.
e said it was a provisional peak on peakbagger, so we lugged his gps measuring equipment along. the plan was to measure both the top and key col of mt. ward.
first part of the hike was up the road/creek to the trailhead proper. along the way, we saw a print in the mud that looked really big and possibly bearlike - it didn't have claws though, so we weren't sure - maybe it was a person walking barefoot only on their toes??? got up to window mountain lake and skirted around the western edge before heading up the scree towards the key col. stopped partway up for a snack and saw a mountain goat just moseying along on the high ridge above us! also saw pika but no bighorn sheep...
got nearly nearly to the key col when the skies got super threatening and hail started falling. once we heard thunder 3x in a row, we decided it wasn't a good idea to be where we were at and retreated back down the mountain. got to quasi-glissade down a snowfield, then an easy hike back the way we came.