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Old 05-11-2019, 09:03 PM   #1
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Cellar Mountain MRP 5/11/2019

Decided to make use of the great weather to go play with the new mountain bike as well as make a little progress on the HH. Cellar Mountain in Moose River Plains was the target. It's a fairly short bushwhack but with the road closed for mud season the approach to the trailhead was nearly 8 miles.

The ride in was pretty uneventful. I'm a road biker first so progress on the mountain bike felt slow and laborious. I blamed the pain on the previous nights beers but later realized it probably had more to do with all the climbing.

The trail was too muddy to bike so I made my way on foot to check out Cellar Pond. Wasn't too much to write home about on this one.

I retraced my steps to the height of land, then veered off trail to follow the ridge up. A good portion of the woods were fairly open but I managed to find the thick spots with blow down to make me feel at home. The northern slope still had plenty of pockets of knee deep snow too Found the "summit marker" pretty quickly.

Took the steep eastern slope for a relatively quick exit back to the trail. Reaped the rewards of the climb in with a fast and easy bike out.

Just as I was getting back to the gate at Wakely Dam a bobcat crossed the road in front of me First time I've ever seen one in the wild. I didn't get to study it for more than 2 or 3 seconds but it was a bit bigger than I had expected and wore a duller brown coat (winter coat?). I did see the bobbed tail clearly though.

Before making my way out I stopped at the Dam to take in the scenes and have my lunch. Chatted for a bit with a nice couple who had hiked in.

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Old 05-13-2019, 12:34 PM   #2
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Nice adventure. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:52 PM   #3
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A bobcat! That's cool. I've never seen one...yet

Nice photos too
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:34 PM   #4
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That summit marker is tough, didn't think it would survive another winter when I saw it last summer - esp seeing how it's just loosely attached to a low lying skinny branch. Evidence it's close to 5 years old:
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