Prairie Bluff is an easy scramble that enjoys a long climbing season and colorful scenery. We started at the VictorIa Peak trailhead and hiked up the road to a side trail. We had no trouble following the trail to the summit. Instead of returning the same way, we went offtrail and came down the southeast ridge.
Postscript: Afterwards I realized the loop is best done counterwise instead of clockwise as we had done. By doing it clockwise you scramble up southeast and then hike down the road. For the clockwise route but a different start point see my 2013 trip.
Prairie Bluff (right) from the road: trail begins on far left. We descended the ridge on
We followed a faint path in the scree.
The trail leads to the crest of the ridge
Victoria Peak on the right
The summit comes into view
Colorful unnamed ridge to the northwest
Windsor Mountain to the west
We leave the trail and head down the SE ridge
We dropped down the slope on easy terrain
View from the top of Prairie Bluff
82 G/8 Beaver Mines
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