Stopping to enjoy the views with good company.
We continued on to the wooded high point of Joe Baker Sag, which is pretty nondescript.
Our next peak for the day, was Joe Baker's higher neighbor to the east, Huckleberry Mountain. Again the summit didn't have much to offer, but the open slopes on the southwest side of the mountain were very attractive.
An open meadow like area provided some very pleasant views to nearby peaks.
We were all very impressed with the wide open patches along much of the slopes. The views continued to impress nearly the entire time.
A glimpse west deep into the valley.
An opening provided a view towards a shoulder of Joe Baker Sag, which we had just ascended.
This was a very fun descent, with constant views nearly the entire way.
The warming snow and steep, rocky slopes made for a quick, sliding decent off the mountain.
On the return to the car, we took the trail along the interesting Bear Slides of Buttermilk Brook.
The Bear Slides drop a couple hundred yards and are quite magnificent. Unfortunately, the deep snow and ice took away just how impressive this area can be.
Hiked about 6.5 miles with over 1300 feet elevation gain through deep, compacting snow.