Remember last April when snow kept Sweetie & I from hiking the Deseret Cabin Trail? Today we checked 2 hikes off of my list: Desert Cabin Trail and Old Council Mountain Lookout Trail (a two-fer)
We finished the Deseret Cabin Trail and being (relatively close) we kept on moving up the trail to top off at the crown of Council Mountain. The scenery was spectacular and far below we could pick out the shiny spot that is the gunshop. I admit, the last 1/4 mile I hollered up at Greg … “where are you going” ? Because it seemed to me we’d already reached the top of the mountain and I though he was headed down another trail. His response? “You’re going to stop short of the peak?” Well, the extra effort was worth the exhaustion.
The lookout started life as a tent camp (1909). It was built, accidently burned once and was rebuilt twice before it was retired in 1966. The building was burned to the ground and all that remains are some concrete steps, the stove pipe, some rusted nails and screws and a bent bed frame. http://idaholookouts.weebly.com/council-mountain.html
Check out the graphic result of our two-fer hike … It’s the product of an app called iHikeGPS. That’s a lot of elevation in just under 2 1/2 hours. To get the graph I just set it to track when I start a hike, tuck my phone into my pack and when I make it back to the truck I turn it off … there is such a sense of accomplishment seeing all those steps in one picture. (I think it’s my Project Manager’s mind … I love a good graph!) The app runs in the background so I can use my camera without breaking off tracking.
Next hike will be on the Cuddy Mountain side of the Council Ranger District … I haven’t decided which trail to attempt over there. Those are the ones where I’ll need a sherpa and new knee braces.