December 24, 2005
I looked forward to hiking up Carbondale Hill only for the views of the mountains west. Unfortunately we saw nothing of these mountains because of low cloud cover. The hike itself was mediocre and the weather miserable. Although not very cold, rain whipped by high winds made for an unpleasant journey.
The road to the trailhead was gated so we had to walk a kilometre to the trailhead. The trail is actually a 4X4 road leading to the lookout on the summit. But we soon tired of the road and left it to follow the ridge to the lookout on the summit.
Had been a nicer day, I'm sure I would have presented a more favourable trip report. Nonetheless I think Carbondale Hill is a worthwhile off-season hike.
Molten sunrise as we drive to the trailhead
Minutes later, sunrise turns from yellow to red
Carbondale Hill from the road
Faint rainbow arches over a leaning tree
Rainbow and mushroom-shaped cloud
Minutes away from the top
Mount Backus to the east
Looking south at Table Mountain
Looking north from the helicopter pad. Hillcrest Mountain on the right.
Looking back at the lookout on the descent
Another view of Table Mountain
Partial panorama from the top, looking east. We couldn't point our cameras west because rain
coming in from that direction.
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