Yet Another North Backbone ReportAs reported elsewhere, the Guffy gate is open so we drove to the trailhead below Wright. On Friday, Sean and I rode the north backbone to Baldy. I also trotted over to West Baldy while Sean entertained the weary people on the summit. Thanks to Sean's keen eyes, we spotted two groups of bighorns. The first couple were on an adjacent ridge going up Pine Mountain, and the second larger herd was near the summit of Dawson. I'll try not to post too many low rez repeats of Elwood's. The weather was perfect. The views along the way made this my favorite route to Baldy.
First view of Pine Mountain #1
Sean on Pine ridge
First two bighorns
The rest of the backbone from the Pine summit
Second herd of bighorns near Dawson
Sean coming up Baldy's north side
Knocking on the back door
The only official "north backbone trail" sign, a few hundred feet below the summit
Iron and Rattlesnake from Dawson ridge
Descending Pine ridge
AaaaaaND ... we ran into Joe the Hiker! That's his group in the circle, going up the north side of Baldy.