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    Posted by Hikerguy ( on July 06, 2005 at 17:18:04:

    In Reply to: Hard Core Cont'd posted by HIkerguy on July 06, 2005 at 16:47:28:

    The 360 views from the top of Prospect were spectacular. We saw many of the prominent landmarks from a whole new vantage point. It would be a great place to go for a day hike to just sit for a few hours of critter watching. The meadows below the peak are endless with good views into the many drainages. Some of the valleys are lush and green with forage fed by the melting runoff from snowfields and were guarded by the lone bull elk or bison.

    Most of this route was fairly easy with a few areas of deadfall. After lunching on top of Prospect we continued down from the 9520 ft peak and then up an unnamed peak, down again and up to Folsom. This portion of the trverse was a bit more difficult. It required line of site routing through some areas of thick deadfall. Along the way we saw many birds that Eric ID'd for us. He found two diferent nests cotaing little peeps of ground nesting birds. One was a Junko mest. Eric will have to tell the name of the other. He also has photos.

    In addition to much agate we foun what appeared to be copper(very green) and petrified wood. I found a 1 inch piece of obsidian an top of Folsom which led us to belive that it had been visited by native people since there is no obsidian in the area.

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