Since the forecast called for clouds and snow, Muleshoe Ridge seemed like a suitable trip in inclement weather.
Although the day started off cloudy, in the two hours it took for Dinah and I to reach the top of the ridge, the clouds parted. We considered continuing on, but a look at the col from the ridge to Mount Cory revealed a steep drop. Deterred from continuing on, we bided our time taking pictures of big horn sheep. After an hour, however, we weren't ready to leave on such a fine day, so we looked for another way to reach the col. We found a descent that was steep but manageable.
After dropping down 40 m to the col we headed up Mount Cory. We had no intention of attempting the summit, nor was I sure if it could be bagged from our approach; we just wanted to climb as high as we could. We hadn't brought our ice axes so we were forced to turn back when the snow-covered slope became too steep. Not that we could have gone much farther. We only had three hours of daylight left.
Muleshoe seen from Highway 1. The trail follows the east ridge (on the right).
Starting up Muleshoe trail
The trail follows a ridge
Higher up the ridge narrows. Here we come to a prescribed burn area.
Eyeing the route up
A mountain sheep below the col
Starting up Mount Cory with Muleshoe behind
Looking back at the top of Muleshoe
Towering rocks ahead
We bypassed cliffs easily by going left
I was tempted to explore these cliffs!
We turned back when it became too steep to climb without an ice axe
Dinah casts a long shadow as we headed back late in the day
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