North McKittrick Part Two

Starting from the Pratt Cabin

Page 4 of 5

Directly below Wilderness Ridge and the turnaround

We are making progress in terms of wanting to get the where the drainage parallels the high ridge above, Wilderness Ridge.  The bouldering is still difficult but still does not require any serious climbing, just a little occasional scrambling:

Along the way we pass a nice rock shelter (am really craving shade by this time, it is hot):

 

As we approach our stopping point, very slowly, the terrain does not get easier:

A very welcome cloud offers some relief from the hot sun, but it moves on all too quickly:

 

As we get closer to the main ridge, we can now look back and see this mountain behind us--we have seen this peak before:

On a past walk on Wilderness Ridge we looked into this part of North McKittrick Canyon (directly below snaking its way toward the ridge we are on)--the main McKittrick Canyon goes off to the right in his photo, and that peak in mid-center, coming off  Wilderness Ridge, is the same peak shown above, which we are walking around:

As we approach our stopping point we can look back again and once more see this mountain:

We are now at the base of Wilderness Ridge:

The place where I had my lunch and turned around was very scenic.  This was the shady spot where I had my lunch sitting on a rock:

This was view up towards Wilderness Ridge from my shady lunch rock

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