|On the viewpoint atop the Upper Wall above Index, WA. |
It is a sheer 1,200ft drop from the edge.
So . . . the snows are back . . . la Nina doing her thing. But we did get at brief warming spell at the beginning of the month and a few opportunities to get out and hike nude.
The highlight was the exploration of the Index Town Walls, a promenade of sheer granite cliffs and crags that is relatively unknown outside of the rock climbing community. I came across them by accident while driving the Index-Reiter road route looking for possibilities to get in a hike . . . came across this small gravel parking lot full of cars and . . . wondered. Was this the trailhead assemblage for the rumored-about cliffs?
It was but it took several trips and some exploring to figure out the layout . . . and an eventual hike nude to the top and a marvelous lookout over the town of Index and the mountains surrounding. Unlike the brave folk who endangered their lives by climbing the sheer granite faces, I stumbled upon the trail to the top in a less technical fashion. And I had it all to myself.
I did a few other hikes off the Index-Galena road plus a visit to Scenic Hot Springs and a logging road near Grotto. Cold weather hiking but nonetheless, challenged and invigorating.
The jAblum of these hikes is here.