Range: White Knobs
Distance: 8.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 4750'
After doing The Riddler in the Lemhis, I wanted to drive back a little closer to home and the White Knobs seemed to be a good choice being located just west of Mackay. All five eleveners can be done in one day but since I had to drive back afterwards (4.5 hours), I just focused on Shelly and Redbird Mountains. Maybe next year I can do all five peaks in one day.
I got started around 6:45 am and followed a jeep trail for a little ways and then it became a trail as motorized traffic was not allowed about a half-mile in. From there I continued on the trail until I reached a fork and veered left. The trail soon ran out and the terrain steepened. After reaching a point above 9,000', I could see my route and some class 3 terrain on Shelly's east ridge. I decided to stick close to the top of the ridge but the terrain became class 4 with very loose handholds. Instead I dropped off the north ridge and then went on the south side of the ridge on very loose scree. Once back on the ridge, the scree was not as loose and soon I was on the summit. The views were incredible and the smoke was gone. Since it was windy and I had another peak to do, my summit stay was short. It was a 600' drop back to the saddle and then about 600' to the top of Redbird Mountain. Once again the views were incredible. I descended off the east ridge of Redbird and then found a trail that led to the jeep trail.
It was another great day in the mountains and my first visit to the higher White Knob peaks.
|Shelly Mountain from the slopes of Redbird|
|Summit cairn on Shelly Mountain|
|Rock towers on Shelly Mountain|
|View from Shelly|
|Summit selfie on Redbird Mountain|