Jughandle Mountain


A popular climb just outside McCall, Jughandle offers an easy hike with great views of Long Valley.

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It was a busy weekend; I took Friday off and climbed Horstmann Peak with Tom, then on Saturday I drove up to McCall and hiked to Crystal Lake with my father (leaving the camera in my car), and then on Sunday, Art and I hiked up Jughandle via Louie Lake.

We climbed the right skyline and descended the left.

Jughandle Mountain and Louie Lake
It was a very warm day for early June, and there was almost no snow on the climb. Art on the summit

But looking across the valley, Council Mountain still had lots.

Spring skiing, anyone?

Council Mountain

It was a gorgeous day, and the Lick Creek range was clear and sunny.

Lick Creek range
We descended by Jughandle's east ridge. This is fun rock hopping. But Art is a lot faster than he used to be, and my feet and legs were sore. I had a hard time keeping up. East ridge of Jughandle

We got a few chances for short boot glissades, then hit the trail back to Louie Lake. In the trees, there was still quite a bit of snow- but more like what one would expect in July.

Trail and snow drifts

Even so, the couloir on Jughandle still looked skiable.

But as hot as it was, it won't last long.

North couloir on Jughandle

When we got to the outlet for Boulder reservoir, Sam decided he needed to cool off. And it's so convenient to drink this way.

Hot dog

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